Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard ‘may never play football again’ if the former Chelsea player has a third ankle operation.
That is according to a leading doctor in Spain – which suggests the Belgium international career could be in doubt. Hazard wants another ankle operation as he looks to end his injury nightmare at the club.
But Dr Jose Gonzalez, who works for Atletico Madrid, has warned that the surgery could result in the end of the Belgian’s career.
Gonzalez told Ondacero: “Hazard has to train with the team for up to 10 training sessions. In my experience it is difficult for him to return to playing at his level with Real Madrid this season.
“If a player returns after a long injury without having hardly trained, the most normal thing is that he is injured again.
“He has anxiety, he wants to show that he is worth and wants to give 100% and he is not there for that.”
Real Madrid want Hazard to postpone surgery but Belgium reportedly want him to have it immediately in the hope of the player being back for this summer’s rescheduled Euro 2020.
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The Belgian star has travelled to London for a second opinion on his ankle injury as he decides whether or not to have another operation. It has been a miserable period for him in Spain since moving from Chelsea in 2019.
Hazard has been affected by persistent issues with his left ankle and been unable to reproduce the brilliance he did at Stamford Bridge.
The 30-year-old has been restricted to just 14 matches this campaign and the playmaker has failed to provide any assist.