Eden Hazard RETURNS to Real Madrid squad for LaLiga clash against Granada as Belgian star looks to get injury-plagued season back on track
- Eden Hazard has suffered eight injuries since joining Real Madrid from Chelsea
- His most recent issue was a thigh strain suffered in the shock defeat by Alaves
- But the Belgian has returned to Zinedine Zidane’s 24-man squad for Granada
- Luka Modric is a notable absentee from the squad ahead of Wednesday’s match
Eden Hazard has returned to the Real Madrid squad after nearly a month out with a thigh strain.
The Belgian forward has been plagued by no fewer than eight injury issues since joining the club from Chelsea in 2019.
This season, a hamstring complaint, severe bruising and a positive coronavirus test preceded the injury suffered in Real’s shock 2-1 defeat by Alaves last month.
Eden Hazard has returned to the Real Madrid squad after nearly a month out with a thigh strain
Hazard suffered his eighth injury as a Real player in the defeat by Alaves late last month
But the 29-year-old has now made another return to Zinedine Zidane’s 24-man squad that will host Granada on Wednesday evening after training this week, while midfielder Luka Modric will miss the game after picking up a muscular injury against Eibar.
Midfielder Isco and Vinicius Junior are also notable returnees having missed the game in the Basque Country through an ankle knock and gastroenteritis respectively.
Since leaving Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu for £88million, he has missed 35 matches, and even when he has returned to fitness he has only managed a maximum of three games before suffering setbacks.
This season, his fitness issues – which began when he arrived for pre-season seemingly overweight for the second season running – have limited him to six appearances and a goal a piece in LaLiga and the Champions League.
But now he is part of the 24-man squad to take on Granada after training earlier this week
As revealed by Sportsmail at the start of the month, Hazard has so far cost the Spanish champions more than an eye-watering £118.8m given his transfer fee and subsequent £400,000-per-week wages.
The Belgian star will however be aware that he needs to start firing for Madrid soon enough after reports suggested he had lost the faith of Zidane.
The Frenchman denied that was the case, and dismissed the suggestion that Hazard would be mentally scarred after eight injuries in such a short space of time.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane denied that he had lost faith in the £88m signing from Chelsea
Zidane said recently: ‘Sometimes injuries happen and we have to endure. He is strong, I have no doubt. He is having a hard time lately. We are going to help him to get better soon.
‘It is a complicated situation for Eden. He has never been injured in his career and now has more misfortunes. He will surely come back stronger. We look forward to seeing him with us again.’
Madrid will be looking to keep pace with leaders Atletico Madrid when they welcome high-flying Granada to the Alfredo di Stefano, having won every single top-flight fixture since losing to Alaves.
Hazard will hope to help his team-mates keep pace with Atletico Madrid at the top of the table
Hazard’s injuries at Real Madrid
August 16, 2019-September 10, 2019 – Hamstring injury (missed three games)
November 27, 2019-December 5, 2019 – Bruised ankle (one game)
December 5, 2019-February 10, 2020 – Hairline crack in fibula (17 games)
February 23, 2020-May 9, 2020 – Fissure of the fibula (three games)
June 29, 2020-July 9, 2020 – Knock (two games)
September 1, 2020-September 28, 2020 – Knock (three games)
September 30, 2020-October 27, 2020 – Muscle injury (six games)
November 7, 2020-November 20, 2020 – Positive coronavirus test (one game)
November 28, 2020-mid-December (expected back in training – muscle injury)
Information from Transfermarkt
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