The footage, which focuses on two members of the Spanish champions’ Real Madrid team, aroused widespread attention on Friday evening.
The players in question? Antonio Rudiger and Eden Hazard.
Amid the ongoing efforts of Carlo Ancelotti and his coaching staff to prepare for the new season, the Real Madrid stars were set earlier today in their stride once again in pre-season training.
One particular drill, in turn, saw a test of close control, in which a group of players were tasked with keeping possession away from their defensive counterparts.
However, at some point during the activity the completely undue challenge left the aforementioned menace on the floor, and in palpable pain.
It came when the Belgian caught the ball, only for Antonio Rudiger (most likely accidentally) to dribble over the top of the ball, before making strong contact with his attacking teammate’s left ankle.
Hazard, from here, immediately stuck to his foot, as the understandable concern of the player who struggled for fitness throughout his time in the Spanish capital spread.
It is understood that the former Chelsea player was forced to leave the session early, before undergoing medical tests on his ankle.
Not only that, but Hazard is now seen as an early doubt appearing in Real Madrid’s next pre-season outing, as Los Meringues take on arch-rivals Barcelona in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Eden Hazard is at risk of missing Real Madrid’s next friendly match against Barcelona after Antonio Rudiger interfered in a training session.pic.twitter.com/qhVoOebDDs
– Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) July 22 2022