Zinedine Zidane reveals that he is hopeful that Eden Hazard will be able to play in Real Madrid’s crunch clash against Liverpool this week – just days after admitting he was forced to plan a life without an injury forward.
- Eden Hazard only played nine times this season due to injury problems
- However, the former Chelsea man may be lining up to take on Liverpool this week
- Zinedine Zidane has admitted that he hopes Hazard will play a role in the clash
- Real Madrid boss Zidane recently said he should plan a life without Hazard
Zinedine Zidane has admitted that he is hopeful that Eden Hazard will be able to play a role in Real Madrid’s crunch Champions League game against Liverpool.
The two European big-hitters will meet on Tuesday for the first leg of their quarter-final tie, but Hazard’s involvement is mired due to a hip problem.
After recently admitting that he often has to plan without Hazard, boss Zidane revealed that the club would be monitoring the winger’s progress for the next few days.
Eden Hazard may be in line to play against Liverpool this week, Zinedine Zidane claims
‘Hopefully we can get it [Federico] Valverde and Hazard back, ”Zidane said.
‘We will see tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Today it was not possible but I hope they can be with us on Tuesday. ‘
Hazard would give Madrid a hefty boost in hopes of making it to the last four of the competition in a replay of 2018’s pulsating final.
Real Madrid boss Zidane admitted he is hopeful that injury-hit Hazard will be ready to play
Hazard is pictured training for Madrid’s first match in the Champions League quarter-final
The former Chelsea forward, who moved to Bernabeu for an eye-watering £ 88 million, has made just nine LaLiga appearances this season.
Having suffered from muscle injuries and a fight with the coronavirus, Hazard simply had to watch as his teammates fight to keep their title in the competition.
Hazard missed Madrid’s victory over Eibar after the international break on April 3 – and his last Champions League appearance took place in the group stage in November.
While Zidane’s latest comments indicate there are still doubts about Hazard’s involvement this week, Brand have claimed to have made a full recovery.
Hazard has been dogged by injuries, and Zidane said he was forced to plan without him
Both Hazard and his club are likely to be relieved at the reveal, with the former playing just 36 times in all competitions in nearly two full seasons.
It has been suggested that the Belgium international was adamant that he wanted ankle surgery to end his all-too-common injury woes.
However, he decided, after consulting with specialists, not to go under the knife for the third time to solve the problem.