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Eden Hazard out of Real Madrid’s 21-man team

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Eden Hazard has been left out of Real Madrid’s 21-man team for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on Tuesday.

During his first two seasons in Madrid, the Belgium international was ravaged with injuries, limiting him to just 36 games and 29 starts across all competitions.

Hazard missed Real Madrid’s last-16 second leg against Atalanta due to a hip flexor injury and did not feature in Belgium’s three World Cup qualifiers at the end of March.

Following Saturday’s win over Eibar, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised the prospect of a midweek comeback but said on Monday that he would not pick the winger until he could show he was 100 percent fit.

Madrid later announced Hazard did not play against the Premier League champions, having been left out of the squad for the game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Captain Sergio Ramos’ absence was almost certain after he suffered a calf injury while on international duty with Spain last week.

Madrid has lost seven of the ten Champions League games Ramos has missed since the end of the 2017-18 season when they were crowned European champions for the last time.

Dani Carvajal, another defender, is still out, but midfielder Federico Valverde has recovered from a muscular injury that kept him out of the Eibar game.

 

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