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Helder Costa to miss end of season, Real Madrid decide on the fate of Hazard

Leeds United winger Helder Costa will miss the final four games of the Premier League season with a back problem, club manager Marcelo Bielsa said Thursday

Helder Costa

The Portuguese star, Helder Costa, missed last week’s 2-0 defeat at Brighton due to a back problem suffered during Leeds’ recent draw against Manchester United.

“He won’t be able to compete again this season,” said Bielsa, who added that both Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha are doubtful for Saturday’s home game with Tottenham.

Costa, who has started 13 league games for Leeds this season, was hurt in a challenge with Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka and was forced off midway through the second half of a goalless draw at Elland Road on April 25.

Real Madrid will keep Eden Hazard for at least one more year, following their Champions League exit on Wednesday night, Marca reports.

Los Blancos manager, Zinedine Zidane, gambled by starting Hazard against his former team.

But the gamble backfired, as the Belgian was easily contained by Chelsea’s defence, before he was eventually taken off in the dying moments of the game.

Hazard’s behaviour after the defeat also attracted fury from fans, as the 30-year-old was seen laughing and joking with some of his ex-teammates.

Despite showing a few signs of being able to recapture his best form, Real will persist with him next season and resist the temptation to cut their losses.

The club’s board are said to back Zidane’s decision to coax the player out of his slump by continuing to pick him ahead of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.

Speaking after the game last night, Zidane said of Hazard: “He needs a run of games. Eden has to play, he has to recover his confidence and all that, but by playing games. It’s a gradual process. It’s his second game in a row and we have to get him back playing.”

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