Zinedine Zidane Confirms Eden Hazard Return Ahead of Real Madrid Clash With Celta

?Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Eden Hazard will be available for Sunday’s meeting with Celta Vigo after spending the last two months out injured.

The Belgian hasn’t featured since Los Blancos’ 2-2 draw at home to Paris Saint-Germain on 27 November. He limped off during the clash with the French club, with subsequent scans revealing a hairline fracture in the foot, which has seen him miss 16 matches.

Zinedine Zidane

The first year of Hazard’s ?Real career has proved a testing one for the forward, who arrived carrying a hamstring problem. That delayed his debut until 9 September, while it also appeared to have an impact on his confidence and form.

However, he remains one of Madrid’s most prized possessions, with Zidane saying of his return (via the club’s ?official website): “I’m really happy that he’s back because he’s a unique player. We didn’t want to rush things with him to ensure that he feels really good. 

“We know what he brings to the team and that’s why we signed him. He’s a really great player, and it’s time for him to be back and involved. He’s feeling good physically, but he’s not played in three months. 

“It’s now all about the tempo and playing games. Fitness-wise, he’s ready to play. He’ll be with us tomorrow and is ready to play.”

Zidane refused to give a concrete answer after being asked what role Hazard would play on Sunday, explaining: “When you’ve got players who are all really good, it’s tough to name a starting lineup. Every one of them brings something to the team. 

“I like to have all of them ready to play, but when it comes to naming the side, you’ve got to take enough time to think about it. I don’t always decide on the same day. 

“I’ve got 23 available players, and I have to choose. What they do is focus and are committed, and I’m then the one who has to choose.”

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