Eden Hazard’s Real Madrid misery continues after the Belgian winger suffered yet another injury setback for the Spanish champions.
Hazard, who left Stamford Bridge for Madrid in 2019 has struggled with a range of injuries since joining the club, making just 16 La Liga appearances last season and only nine this time around.
Having spent six weeks on the sidelines with a muscle problem, the former Blue made his return as a late substitute in a 2-1 win over Elche, but is set to miss the Champions League match against Atlanta following another injury.
In seven seasons with Chelsea, Hazard barely missed any football, only picking up minor knocks during his time in London.
However, his current woes were entirely predictable according to his former manager Jose Mourinho, who previously warned that rough treatment from Premier League players would cause long-term problems for Hazard.
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Spurs boss Mourinho, who managed Hazard during his second spell in the Chelsea dugout spoke in 2015 of the ‘punishment’ the forward received on the pitch.
“People in love with football in this country, people must be in love with Eden Hazard,” he said following a match, curiously enough, against Tottenham.
“I think match after match, he is being punished by opponents, and he’s not being protected by referees.”
Mourinho then made an ominous prediction about the player.
“Maybe one day we won’t have Eden Hazard,” he added.
“There’s one, two, three, four, five ten fouls. Aggressive fouls. They kick, they kick, they kick, they kick and the kid keeps resisting.”
Hazard joined the Blues from Lille in 2012, helping the club to number of honours including two league titles and two Europa League wins.
In 2015, he was named both FWA and PFA player of the year as Chelsea under Mourinho…