Major blow for Real Madrid as Hazard hasn't fully recovered from his ankle injury

Zinedine Zidane wanted to unleash Hazard from the start but he's now a major doubt for the game against Manchester City

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Zinedine Zidane could be without Eden Hazard for the crucial return match against Manchester City in the Champions League. After losing the first leg 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu, the hope was Hazard could drive Los Blancos to victory this week. However the injury which forced him to undergo surgery in March, and saw him suffer a setback just as LaLiga was to resume, hasn't fully healed.

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Hazard is a doubt for the match in Manchester. He is still feeling discomfort in his ankle after taking a knock against Espanyol on the 28th June. He won't be 100% and Zidane won't push the Belgian to feature if he doesn't feel right. 

ZIDANE WILL NEED TO RE-THINK HIS PLANS 

The most likely line-up for Madrid was pairing Hazard and Benzema up top. Now with a major question mark hanging over the Belgian, it could see Zidane turn to other options. 

Vinicius would be the most like-for-like replacement on the left-hand side of the attack. Rodrygo and Asensio are other options to come in and aid Benzema. Another option would be Gareth Bale but he's been marginalised since LaLiga returned and it seems unlikely Zidane would opt for the Welshman in such a big game.

Zidane still needs to decide whether he sticks with 4-4-2 or goes on the attack and switches to 4-3-3.

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