Joe Cole admits he’s worried about Eden Hazard

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Eden Hazard has only played three La Liga games for Real Madrid this season, as his injury woes continue.

Just last weekend, Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Alaves, as he limped off during the game, lasting just 30 minutes on the pitch.

Since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, Hazard has started just 17 times in the league, scoring two goals and assisting a further three.

Former Chelsea star Joe Cole, who was a team-mate of the Belgian at Lille, fears that Real Madrid fans who are usually impatient will will be unforgiving towards Hazard if he keeps being sidelined.

“It has been a tough time for Eden. It is an example that no matter how good you are, if you are not fit then you can’t do it on the pitch and it won’t work,” Cole said.

“For Eden, his body has just let him down in his two years there. He is a great player and one of the best players in the world when he is fit and he has come off again with a muscle injury.

“It is disappointing because I was so excited to see him pull on that Real Madrid shirt and just join the list of the great players they have had over the years and it just hasn’t worked for him.

“I think come January, it might not be done for him, but I think he will need a run of games to show his quality finally. I think Real Madrid are notoriously impatient with their fans and owners so I feel sorry for him. He has just not been able to show it.”

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