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“That the rhythm did not stop,” he must have shouted Zidane in Valdebebas during the morning of this Thursday after the victory against Unionists. The Real Madrid returned to exercise normally after having sealed his pass to the round of last 16 of the Copa del Rey. The league does not grant truce and the whites completed another preparatory session, but the real news was about Eden Hazard.
Real Madrid's '7' is finalizing its recovery process and is getting closer to playing with the whites. In this Thursday's training, the Belgian already touched the ball outside his teammates, reassuring Zidane and the team regarding their return deadlines.
Hazard is a key player for Real Madrid and for Zidane. The French coach has high hopes for the Belgian, since he firmly believes that the level of play will rise, already positive, that the white team is offering in recent weeks.
Hazard starts his countdown
The forward has been on the dry dock since last November 26, when he had to withdraw from the pitch before the PSG. Less than two weeks later, Real Madrid confirmed his injury: 3 mm perimaleolar microfissure in the right leg. His best form looked dry braked. The objective? Come back as soon as possible.
Almost two months after that fateful day, Hazard is very close to returning. This week he has already touched the ball, but he has not yet returned to work with the group in training. That will come, if there are no complications or unforeseen events, after the clash of this day before the Valladolid: specifically in the days before the match against Atlético de Madrid.
Initially, the '7' was expected to return to those of Simeone, but it is a meeting of maximum demand that Madrid will not want to risk. The priority is to recover optimally and compete when you are ready.
Osasuna, key match
The planning of Real Madrid is that after the derby, in the week of February 3 to 5, Hazard can begin to be prepared to have his first minutes ahead of League Day 23. It would be day 9 in the meeting to Osasuna when the first possibility of the Belgian playing with the whites could be raised.
The Copa del Rey quarterfinal tie, which will be played from February 4 to 6, could be too early for the player; especially considering that it is a game of great pressure to be a single match eliminator.
Shooting before Celta and Levante
If not against Osasuna, his return could also be on February 12 in the semifinals of Copa del Rey. However, it is a more complex possibility, since theoretically the opponent will be much more demanding and the '7' will not be with a high pace of competition. But on these dates I could have minutes.
The 24th day before the Celta Vigo It is a key date, since Hazard here should already be ready at all costs to have minutes and be tested with greater confidence. He would be 10 days from the final phase of the Champions League and he needs to get shot if he wants to meet the goal of being before the Manchester City.
If everything goes normally, before the I raised Zidane should be able to give Hazard a wider shoot of minutes, trying to complete the game in its entirety, with the goal of being in optimal conditions to be able to help the team in the round of 16 against City on February 26.
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