INA – SOURCES
Zinedine Zidane has said he "can't explain" Eden Hazard's latest injury setback but admitted "something is going on" after the forward was ruled out of Real Madrid's Champions League round-of-16 second leg clash with Atalanta.
Hazard had made yet another return from injury on Saturday, coming off the bench in the 75th minute of Madrid's 2-1 La Liga win over Elche, but missed training on Monday.
"He won't be in a condition to be with us," Zidane said at a news conference ahead of Tuesday's game. "I can't say more. There are things I can't explain... I hope, because I'm always positive, that it isn't too much."
"Something is going on. He's a player who had never been injured in his career, or not many times. It's new for him. I can't explain more. We want him to be well, we want to help, and I hope he'll be with us again soon."
Real Madrid released a statement on Monday confirming that Hazard had sustained "an injury in the right psoas muscle."
Hazard returned to training last Wednesday after missing the previous six weeks with a thigh problem.