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Injury-prone Hazard must now watch the El-Classico from the sidelines after failing to recover from injury in time to make the squad.
The Ex-Chelsea winger came on for a late cameo appearance in the clash in La Liga against Elche earlier in March after a two-month layoff but then suffered another fitness setback in the game which has left Manager Zidane with plenty to worry about.
The former Chelsea star was diagnosed with a muscle injury in the right psoas but decided not to undergo surgery on the issue on the advice of the medical teams of his national side and Real Madrid.
Also unavailable are right-back Dani Carvajal – who had, like Hazard, returned to training this week – while club captain Sergio Ramos also sits out through injury and Raphael Varane has Covid-19.
A win for Madrid will see them usurp Barcelona into the second position in the Laliga table as the two giants continue to give leaders Athletico Madrid a hot chase.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK