Eden Hazard misses out on Real Madrid’s trip to play Real Mallorca in La Liga following birth of fourth child
Eden Hazard will miss Real Madrid’s match against Real Mallorca on Saturday evening following the birth of his fourth child.
Reports suggested that the wife of the Belgium winger, Natacha, gave birth to a boy late on Friday, which has seen Hazard become a father for the fourth time.
As a result, the former Chelsea man was excluded from the 19-man squad that has travelled to the Balearic Islands.
Eden Hazard will miss Real Madrid’s trip to Real Mallorca after the birth of his fourth child
Hazard’s wife Natacha is believed to have given birth to a boy on Friday
The news comes as a bitter blow to Zinedine Zidane, who is already without a number of established players and has been forced to call Mariano Diaz into the squad in place of Hazard.
The Frenchman is without both first-choice wingers after Hazard’s exclusion, with Gareth Bale also unavailable after limping off during the closing stages of Wales’ 1-1 draw against Croatia last weekend.
Central midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are also missing, while Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal also ruled out in recent days.
As a result Hazard has been replaced by Mariano Diaz in the Real squad for the trip to Mallorca
Real were already without Gareth Bale after the winger was injured on international duty
Brahim Diaz, signed from Manchester City in the summer, and sparingly-used striker Mariano will therefore hope to make their first appearances of the season.
Given the number of injuries, Zidane is likely to give some of his other squad players game time aswell, especially given their Champions League tie against Turkish side Galatasary in midweek.
Hazard has had an indifferent start to life at Madrid after joining in the summer, with a number on uninspiring performances piling the pressure on the Belgian initially.
However, he managed his first goal for the club against Granada in Real’s final game before the recently concluded international break.