Hazard returns to Madrid squad

Hazard returns to Madrid squad

Eden Hazard has travelled with Real Madrid to Germany and could return from injury against Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions League, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Monday.

On the back of the club’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday, Hazard appears ready to play again – with Zidane excited to have another attacking option up his sleeve.

“If Hazard is with us it is because he is well and that is good news. We are all happy to see him with us,” Zidane said on Monday.

“Tomorrow we will see how we are going to use him. It is very positive news for us.

“We know that the season is long and we are going to need everyone. It is true, I have always said it, because they are players who always play.

“It is true that we have had problems on the wing, but there are other players who can replace them and it will not give us problems.”

Gladbach could prove tricky opponents for Real on Tuesday with the Bundesliga outfit undefeated across their past five matches, which included a 2-2 draw with Inter in their Champions League group opener last week.

While Zidane saw his side triumph in El Clasico, it’s been a difficult start to the new campaign for the reigning La Liga champions with Real losing to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk in the space of a few days .

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Hazard’s last appearance came in the Champions League round-of-16 second-leg loss at Manchester City on August 7 at the end of the first season in Madrid undermined by ankle injuries.

The 29-year-old Belgian went off in the 83rd minute in Manchester and has not played since a victim of a muscular injury to his right thigh.

Real lost their Champions League opener 3-2 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk last Wednesday. They bounced back with a 3-1 Liga victory at Barcelona on Saturday.

“We want to perform as we did in El Clasico and take the points,” said Zidane. “The performance we delivered in El Clasico is exactly the kind of display we need to produce tomorrow (Tuesday). We played well, fought as a team and the most important thing is that we try and do that tomorrow.”

German midfielder Toni Kroos said Real cannot afford to start the Champions League group stage with losses.

“We know how important this match is after the defeat against Donetsk,” Kroos told the press conference. “We already have pressure on us. This match is nothing but a final.”

“We have to change this situation,” Kroos said. “There are only six games in the group.”




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