Eden Hazard's Real Madrid debut on hold after suffering thigh injury
By Greg Grimes
Last Updated: 16/08/19 4:13pm
Eden Hazard will have to wait to make his Real Madrid debut after suffering a thigh injury in training on the eve of their first La Liga match of the season.
Hazard will miss the club's opening league match away to Celta Vigo on Saturday.
The former Chelsea forward, who joined the club in June for a fee that could rise to £130m, picked up the injury in training on Friday.
He had tests after the session which revealed a muscular injury to the anterior part of his right thigh.
Hazard was Real's most high-profile signing in a busy summer for the 13-time European champions, who spent almost £300m on new recruits.
He scored once in seven pre-season matches for Los Blancos.
Real are also without fellow winger Marco Asensio for the start of the new campaign due to a serious knee injury, while Dani Carvajal is suspended.
Zidane: I'm now relying on Bale
Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is ready to put his faith in Gareth Bale as he looks set to stay at the Bernabeu.
The Wales forward was omitted from Zidane's squad for a pre-season friendly with RB Salzburg, having also previously missed the club's trip to Germany for the Audi Cup. That came after the collapse of Bale's proposed transfer to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning amid widespread speculation his six-year stay in Spain was about to end.
But Zidane now seems to have changed his mind on the Welshman. He said in a press conference ahead of Real's opening LaLiga match against Celta Vigo: "It seemed that (Bale) was going to leave but today he is here with us.
"The dynamics are changing, things are changing. From now on, I will rely on him, as on others.
"I will rely on all the players who are here. He has his place, he is an important player and I hope that all the players will make the task of choosing a team difficult."