Real Madrid attacker Eden Hazard out of Spanish Super Cup

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Eden Hazard's injury-plagued start at Real Madrid will continue after Zinedine Zidane said the Belgian will not play in the Spanish Super Cup next week.

Hazard suffered an ankle fracture during Madrid's draw against Paris Saint-Germain on November 26 and was expected to be out for around four to six weeks.

But Zidane on Friday confirmed that Hazard will miss Madrid's La Liga game against Getafe on Saturday and will not travel to Saudi Arabia, where his team face Valencia in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, before a potential final against either

Barcelona or Atletico Madrid four days later.

"He is 100 per cent out of the Super Cup," said Zidane. "He is not travelling, he is recovering and we hope that just after the Super Cup, little by little, we could see him with us again."

If Hazard returns against Sevilla in La Liga on January 18 he will have been out for almost eight weeks.

The 28-year-old, who joined Real Madrid for 100 million euros from Chelsea last summer, also missed three matches at the start of the season with a thigh strain.

He has scored one goal in 13 appearances for his new club so far. Madrid found form without him before Christmas but trail Barcelona by two points in the table after consecutive draws in the Clasico at Camp Nou and then at home to Athletic Bilbao.

They play sixth-placed Getafe this weekend at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, where Zidane's team were held to a goalless draw in April.

Marcelo and Lucas Vazquez are available again after recovering from injuries but Sergio Ramos is suspended, meaning Eder Militao is likely to play in central defence.

Zidane also suggested some fringe players could be allowed to leave in the January transfer window. Striker Mariano Diaz is among those that could depart.

"There are players that have not had minutes and that can be a problem but we speak with them like always," Zidane said. "Between now and January 31 a lot can happen."

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Real Madrid players at the public training session. AFP

Gareth Bale attends the open training session at the Alfredo Di Stefano sports complex in Madrid amid more specualtion as the transfer window opens on january 1. EPA

Real Madrid's players, including Gareth Bale, back row centre, during a public training session. AFP

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale puts his shoes on during a public training session at the Ciudad Real Madrid training ground in Valdebebas, Madrid, on December 30, 2019. / AFP / OSCAR DEL POZO

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, right, talks with forward Karim Benzema. AFP

Luka Jovic, centre, with teammates. AFP

Zinedine Zidane, centre, talks to his Real Madrid squad. AFP

Left to right: Sergio Ramos, Nacho Fernandez, Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal. AFP

Real Madrid players at the public training session. AFP

Real Madrid players at the public training session. AFP

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, right, during training. AFP

Real Madrid players at the public training session. AFP

Fans at the public training session. AFP

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane talks to his players. AFP

Real Madrid's James Rogriquez. AFP

Left to right: Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos and Sergio Ramos. AFP

Updated: January 3, 2020 03:51 PM

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