Eden Hazard has suffered a fresh blow at Real Madrid after testing positive for coronavirus and will also play no part in Belgium’s Nations League match with England next Sunday.
The forward, alongside club teammate Casemiro, returned a positive Covid-19 test on Friday morning and will miss Los Blancos’ trip to Valencia on Sunday night.
Hazard will also miss Belgium’s friendly with Switzerland and Nations League tie with Denmark after Real confirmed the news in a statement on their official website.
The 29-year-old has managed just 25 appearances for Los Blancos, in which he has scored twice and assisted seven times, due to a string of hamstring, foot and leg injuries.
Hazard made his first La Liga appearance of the season last weekend, scoring in the 4-1 win over Huesca after recovering from a muscle injury in his right leg.
He also featured in the 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach and the 3-2 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League.
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But his coronavirus diagnosis will see him sidelined once more as his struggles to replicate his Chelsea form continue.
The Belgium captain scored 110 goals and provided 92 assists in 352 appearances for the Blues, winning two Premier League titles.
Real Madrid confirmed they will be without Hazard and defensive midfielder Casemiro in a statement on Saturday morning which reads: “Real Madrid C.F. informs that our players, Casemiro and Eden Hazard, have tested positive in the COVID-19 tests undertaken yesterday, Friday, in the morning.
“All of the other first-team players and coaching staff, as well as the club employees who work directly with the squad tested negative in yesterday’s tests.
“Meanwhile, all of them, apart from Casemiro and Hazard, once again tested negative in the antigen tests taken this morning.”
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