Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is hopeful Eden Hazard will be back in the next 2-3 weeks.
The winger picked yet another injury, this time a muscle injury in the rectus femoris of his left leg, and was initially expected to be out for up to four weeks.
speaking on Friday ahead of the weekend action, Zidane further defended the Belgian, who has failed to live up to expectations since his arrival from Chelsea in 2019.
"It's not an easy time for the footballer. I'm sure it's a matter of time before we see him back playing and hopefully, he won't pick up another injury," Zidane said at a press conference.
"Hopefully, when he recovers, we see the best Hazard, maybe in two or three weeks when he recovers.
"I think it's a bit of bad luck. It's not been easy on the player. We have to maintain a positive attitude. He's a great player, we need him back 100 percent.
"Do you think he's happy with what's going on? Well, no. He's doing what he can to be in good shape, but you know in the life of a player you can be injured.
"We'll have to look at maybe changing something and improve this situation. He's the first player who wants to be fine, of course."
In this case, Hazard is expected to miss four La Liga matches: against Huesca, Getafe, Valencia, and Valladolid.
He is also a major doubt for Madrid's Champions League clash against Atalanta.