Eden Hazard winning fitness race as Real Madrid medical team predict £130m star will play against Villarreal – The Sun
EDEN HAZARD could be set to make his Real Madrid debut earlier than expected after a positive update from the club’s medical team.
The Belgian superstar joined Los Blancos as their marquee summer signing from Chelsea for £130million in June.
But apart from a few appearances in pre-season, fans have been made to wait to watch the 28-year-old forward in action.
Hazard was due to play in last week’s La Liga opener against Celta Vigo before suffering a thigh injury just days before the 3-1 triumph.
After the training ground blow, the ex-Lille ace was believed to be facing a month on the sidelines.
Now Madrid’s medical staff have revised their initial assessment due to his impressive recovery.
And now Hazard could be in line to finally make his bow against Villarreal on Sunday 1 September, according to Marca.
That positive update has also provided a big boost to Belgium.
If he can avoid any relapse over the coming week and returns against the Yellow Submarine, that means he should be available for selection for his national side next month.
Belgium face San Marino on September 6 before taking on Scotland three days later as they continue their march towards Euro 2020 qualification.
Meanwhile, Madrid began their league campaign in Hazard’s absence with three points.
Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vasquez scored the goals as they romped to victory at Estadio Municipal de Balaidos.
They will be aiming to maintain their 100 per cent start at home to Real Valladolid on Saturday.
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