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The Belgian international has returned to Zinedine Zidane’s plans after recovering from a thigh problem
Eden Hazard returns to compete for Real Madrid’s clash with Granada after overcoming his eighth injury absence in 16 months.
The Belgian international suffered a thigh problem late last month in a shocking 2-1 home loss to Deportivo Alavés, which lasted just 28 minutes on the pitch.
It was the latest in a string of fitness issues that have plagued Hazard since trading Chelsea for Los Blancos ahead of the 2019-20 season.
In addition to the three injury absences that this term has had to face, it was also ruled out for a good part of November due to the coronavirus.
He will hope to finally find some consistency and regular playing time from Granada’s visit in the form of Diego Martínez on Wednesday – the Andalusians are unbeaten in five in all competitions.
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Before Madrid announced the call-up on Tuesday, Zinedine Zidane addressed Hazard’s state of mind after such a difficult start at the club.
“So far, emotionally, it may not have been easy [for Hazard]”Zidane told reporters. But now I see it well. You have to do things patiently, little by little.”
Hazard has played 19 times for Madrid in La Liga, but scored just two, while his assists count is only slightly better at three.
Even when in shape, Hazard has struggled to live up to expectations – his 21 chances barely created a standout figure.
His teammate in Belgium, Thomas Vermaelen, nevertheless stated in a recent objective Interview that it was only a matter of time before Madrid saw its best form.
“First of all, everyone is quick to say he got injured. Prone to injury and that sort of thing. I think he had a blow to the ankle and it’s not his fault. It must be a muscle injury. I think it’s not too bad “he explained.
“For me personally he is a world class player, he played against him in England. He will come back. He is very positive. When he comes back and starts playing. You will see the best of him. I am not worried about him. He will come back.”