Belgian international skipper Eden Hazard has returned from injury just in time to play his part in the Champions League final on Saturday. Hazard had been missing for several weeks after he underwent ankle surgery to remove a metal plate inserted during a previous surgery.
Eden Hazard returned to Real Madrid training earlier this month after weeks on the sidelines and reports in the Spanish media claimed that the player has impressed in training since his return from injury.
Hazard made the Real Madrid squad for the penultimate league game with Cadiz which ended in a 1-1 draw. The former Chelsea and Lille star started the Cadiz game on the bench before he was brought on as a substitute for Brazilian player Rodrygo Goes on 65 minutes. At the time of his entrance, the two teams had scored one goal apiece with Ruben Sobrinoscoring a 37th minute equaliser to cancel out the fifth minute opener from Mariano Diaz in the colours of Real Madrid. The main highlight for Eden Hazard after coming as a second half substitute during the Cadiz game was to receive a yellow card for the foul on opposition right-back Akapo Sanchez on 74 minutes. He was unable to affect the league game with hosts Cadiz in a positive way for Real Madrid who have already reclaimed the La Liga title from city rivals Atletico Madrid. The Cadiz game was the penultimate league game of the season.
In the last league game of the season, Hazard was benched for the whole game as Real Madrid were forced to a goalless draw at home by Real Betis at the end of the game which took place on Friday.
Hazard is on course to make the Real Madrid squad for the Champions League final later this week, but his participation is in serious doubt as he’s no longer a regular in the starting XI.