"Something is happening...". The phrase, full of concern, is by Zinedine Zidane. This is how the Frenchman responded to what happened to Eden Hazard to have mysteriously missed the last training session before receiving Atalanta. Now, according to medical sources, this psoas injury will slow him down for a month.
In other words, four other games in which Zizou will have to make a living without the Belgian to help this Real Madrid that suffers the unspeakable to score. Nor will we see him, presumably, in the derby on April 11. Another one, because he has never played one. "He had never had so many injuries in his career", admitted the White coach. What could be an excuse is nothing more than a crushing reality. The numbers fall like a slab. In seven full seasons at Chelsea, Hazard came to accumulate 20 games of loss due to physical problems.
He was not a regular in the infirmary, despite the punishment and the wear and tear of the minutes with both Chelsea and the Belgian team. In Madrid, in one season and so far this season, he has missed 54 games. We must add another insurance, that of this Tuesday against Atalanta. They are 55 and counting, on the way to tripling the absences due to injury that he starred in London at Chelsea. In a third of the time.
Is that Hazard can practically add a year of casualties due to injury. So far there are eleven injures, and going to the calculator, it is 320 days of losses. To that must be added the thirty days that presumably K.O. now. A period of convalescence, recovery and set-up that will increase the number of minutes without Hazard.
The surprising and negative comparison to his years at Chelsea
In Real Madrid he has barely been seen in 27% of the minutes that the team has played (2,191 'out of 7,890' possible). A miniscule figure and more when compared to everything he amassed at Stamford Bridge: there he was on the pitch 73.8% of the time. The difference is almost abysmal and Hazard's chances of regaining his competitive tone before the end of this season have been greatly reduced.