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Real Madrid's Eden Hazard Diagnosed with Thigh Injury, Reportedly Out 3-4 Weeks

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2019

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 20: Eden Hazard of Real Madrid during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between FC Bayern Munich and  Real Madrid  at NRG Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Real Madrid have been dealt a major blow ahead of La Liga's opening weekend, confirming star forward Eden Hazard picked up a thigh injury in training on Friday. 

Los Blancos are set to begin their 2019-20 league campaign away to Celta Vigo on Saturday. However, the club's official website announced the Belgium international was being assessed following a "muscular injury to the anterior part of his right thigh."

Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws reported Hazard's hamstring injury is "not a severe one."

However, Hazard will miss the opener and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks, according to AFP's Tom Allnutt:

Tom Allnutt @TomAllnuttAFP

Unfortunate start for Hazard. Thigh injury, say @realmadrid. Expected out for 3-4 weeks.

Hazard, 28, could sit out up to five fixtures if he's towards the more extreme side of that estimate, including away trips to Villarreal on September 1 and Sevilla on September 21. 

It is a big blow for the player so early in his Real career, particularly given he had an excellent fitness record at Chelsea, for whom he never missed more than seven league games in a campaign. 

The former Lille star is one of Real's most potent attacking threats. He moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in June for a fee that could be worth up to £150 million after an impressive final season with Chelsea:

Premier League @premierleague

Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 31 #PL goals for Chelsea this season (16 goals, 15 assists) Only Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba have had a hand in more in a single campaign for the Blues https://t.co/Awu5m7X0SW

Los Blancos have the depth to cover for him, with the likes of Luka Jovic, Karim Benzema, Isco and Vinicius Junior in the squad.

But Real should be a better team when Hazard is playing, so his return will be eagerly anticipated.