Hazard to return for Real Madrid vs Elche, says Zidane – football

Eden Hazard will return to the Real Madrid facet for Wednesday’s La Liga match away to Elche after over a month out injured, coach Zinedine Zidane has stated. Real’s report signing has solely been ready to make three league begins this season and has not featured since injuring his hamstring in a November defeat to Alaves. His final marketing campaign was blighted by two critical ankle accidents.

“Eden will be there tomorrow and our plan is for him to play a bit,” Zidane informed a information convention on Tuesday. “The other day we decided not to but we want him to play and to make the most of him.”

Hazard’s return comes on the proper time for Madrid, who’re anticipated to be with out Brazilian ahead Rodrygo for up to three months after injuring his hamstring within the 2-0 win over Granada earlier than the Christmas break. Real are second within the standings and stage on factors with leaders Atletico Madrid, who’ve two video games in hand.

Zidane’s facet are on a run of six consecutive wins in all competitions, which has coincided with him rotating his squad to a lesser extent than firstly of the marketing campaign, when the group suffered consequently and misplaced 5 matches in three months.

The French coach conceded that his latest group alternatives demanded extra of his gamers however stated there was no elevated threat of accidents. He added it was arduous to repeatedly miss lengthy-serving gamers similar to Marcelo and Isco, however doesn’t need to let both of them go within the January switch window.

“It hurts me because they want to play, and when you think about everything we have lived through with Marcelo and Isco. It’s difficult, it’s the downside of being a coach but one I have to deal with,” he stated.

“I count on all my players and I can assure you they are still very motivated and train very well.”

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