Rudiger scythes down Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard was left screaming in pain after a ruthless tackle from team-mate Antonio Rudiger in Real Madrid training.

Footage has emerged of the reckless challenge which left several Los Blancos stars holding their heads in their hands.

Hazard let out an audible scream after Rudiger crashed into him during a rondo which would have left staff fearing another potential spell on the sidelines for the Belgian winger.

Rudiger joined the European champions as a free agent in the summer after his Chelsea contract expired.

The switch has seen the German defender link-up with his former-Chelsea team-mate Hazard in the Spanish capital.

The pair spent two seasons together at Stamford Bridge, winning the Europa League and the FA Cup before the Belgian departed for the Bernabeu in 2019.

Hazard has won two La Liga titles and the Champions League since joining from Chelsea three years ago, although he has played an extremely limited role in those triumphs.

The 29-year-old made just 18 appearances in the Spanish top-flight last term as his time in Madrid has been plagued by injuries.

Madrid will be hoping that Hazard doesn’t feel any effects from Rudiger’s crunching tackle during the rondo in training.

Hazard will be hoping to play a part in Real Madrid’s upcoming friendly with rivals Barcelona in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The Belgian has failed to feature in a single El Clasico fixture since moving to Madrid.

It is uncertain whether Hazard will be fit to play on Sunday after finishing the small-sided game but failing to complete the entire training session.


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