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Hazard returns from injury for Real Madrid against Elche, Zidane confirms

The Belgian star hasn’t played since late November but will look to put another disappointing year behind him in his team’s last game in 2020

Eden Hazard will make his return from injury as real Madrid against Elche on Wednesday, Zinedine Zidane confirmed.

Hazard hasn’t played since suffering from thigh strain in Madrid’s 2-1 loss to Deportivo Alaves at the end of November.

The Belgian has only made six appearances in all competitions so far this season and has yet to complete 90 minutes in 2020-21.

A combination of injuries and a positive coronavirus test have held him out as his time at the Santiago Bernabeu continues to frustrate.

Hazard only managed 22 appearances last season and, although there were flashes of brilliance, the 29-year-old has failed to replicate the form. which earned him his € 100million (£ 88million / $ 112million) transfer from Chelsea in 2019.

But, with Madrid chasing first place the league, Zidane says the Belgian will be back on the pitch – for a short time at least.

“Eden will be available tomorrow and we would like him to play a bit,” Zidane said in his pre-match press conference.

“The other day (against Granada) we decided not to do it, but we want him to play tomorrow because he has been back with the team for a while and we want to take advantage of Eden’s abilities. “

Zidane also says he feels the pain of disadvantaged couple Isco and Marcelo. The two have struggled to play this season and have been linked with moves during the January transfer window.

“I feel their pain when they’re not playing because they’re footballers, and they want to play like everyone else,” Zidane said.

“They’ve both done so much here and it’s a tough situation, but it’s the worst in coaching life. It is my responsibility and it will not change until my last day. It is a difficult spell.

With Elche being Madrid’s last game of 2020, Zidane took a moment to reflect on a tumultuous year.

“We are happy and grateful to be able to play football because there are people who are having terrible times with the virus. I think about them a lot and hope that it becomes just a bad memory and that everything starts to improve soon.

“In terms of sport, we will try to continue to do our best. We have another long and difficult year ahead.

Madrid are tied on points with La Liga-leading city rivals Atletico, but Diego Simeone’s side have two games in hand.

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