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Hazard to have surgery he hopes will finally end injury nightmare

Hazard's spell with Madrid has been a massive disappointment since he joined for €100 million ($110 million) from Chelsea in 2019

15 February 2022, France, Paris: Real Madrid's Eden Hazard pictured during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at Parc des Princes stadium. Photo: Bruno Fahy/BELGA/dpa.
Real Madrid's Eden Hazard pictured during a Champions League match at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Photo: Bruno Fahy/dpa.

Eden Hazard's Real Madrid injury nightmare could be in its final stages after the club confirmed he will have surgery to remove an osteosynthesis plate from his right fibula.

The 31-year-old has had almost chronic issues with his ankle in recent years, breaking it while on international duty with Belgium in 2017 and requiring a small metal plate to be implanted as a healing aid.

Muscular issues around that area of his leg reportedly started to become a more regular problem after being on the end of a strong challenge from Belgium team-mate Thomas Meunier during a Champions League game between Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in November 2019.

Shortly after returning from that "micro-fracture", Hazard suffered a more serious break to the fibula in February 2020, which required a larger metal plate to be inserted the following month.

Widespread reports since then have suggested Hazard feels that second plate has been the cause of his subsequent discomfort, with Madrid daily Marca claiming in March 2021 that he asked for it to be removed, but he and the club apparently could not come to an agreement.

But it would seem Madrid have finally given in, confirming on Friday that "in the coming days" Hazard will go under the knife to have the plate taken out.

A massive disappointment

Hazard's spell with Madrid has been a massive disappointment since he joined for €100 million ($110 million) from Chelsea in 2019.

His impact has been limited by at least 13 separate spells of absence caused by injuries or illness, with his 17 LaLiga appearances this season the most he has managed during a single season across his three campaigns in Spain.

Madrid have not revealed a timeframe for Hazard's potential return, though it will surely be hoped he can return for the club's LaLiga run-in as they look to win the title.

Hazard to have surgery he hopes will finally end injury nightmare
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