Eden Hazard will make his competitive debut against Levante this weekend, according to manager Zinedine Zidane (via @RMadridInfo).
The Belgium international has been sidelined with a thigh injury since the season began last month, missing Los Blancos’ opening three league games; he is yet to appear for the club in La Liga.
That is set to change this weekend, however, after manager Zidane confirmed that the 28-year-old will be involved in some capacity against Levante – whether it be from the start or off the bench remains to be seen.
“We have to be calm with Hazard,” said the Frenchman in his pre-match press conference.
“He has been injured for three weeks. There is a lot of pressure. But the most important thing is that he is ready. I will be the one who doses the minutes and his game.”
“Hazard will play tomorrow.”
🎙Zidane: “Hazard will play tomorrow.”
— Real Madrid Info (@RMadridInfo) September 13, 2019
Real will be searching for just their second win of the campaign tomorrow, having drawn their last two matches with Villarreal and Real Valladolid.
Los Blancos currently lie fifth in La Liga, four points behind current leaders Atletico Madrid so will be looking to close that gap with a solid performance against Levante.
Their opponents have started the campaign well, however, winning two and drawing one of their opening three fixtures and currently lie one space above them in fourth as things stand, making Hazard’s return to the fold even more important.
Finally seeing Hazard in league action will act as a huge boost for Real and Zidane, who have so far been extremely unfortunate with injuries this season.
Alongside long-term absentee Marco Asensio, the Whites have had to contend with injuries to the likes of Rodrygo, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Thibaut Courtois, Isco and Brahim Diaz, among others (via Goal).
Hazard needs to hit the ground running to help out his new team in the goalscoring department, with the club scoring just one goal on home soil so far this term.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!