Football’s return from the coronavirus-enforced break is still up in the air, but there is focus at Real Madrid on getting Eden Hazard back into prime shape in case action does resume.
The Belgian is still recovering from the ankle operation that he underwent on March 5 after suffering an injury at Levante.
It was initially thought that two to three months would be needed for him to make his way back onto the pitch, which looked to have prematurely ended his first season at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
But the coronavirus’ spread changed everything and now there is some hope that he could play again this season should 2019/20 ever resume.
The next step is for the players to return to training at Valdebebas, where the No.7 hopes he can continue his recovery and eventually get back into Zinedine Zidane’s XI.
His ankle is already at about 70 percent as he’s working at home with the support of a club physiotherapist.
He does, of course, need to catch up with other types of exercises, notably on-field work, but the same could be said of his teammates as well.
Injuries have plagued Hazard’s maiden campaign in white, but he’ll be hopeful that the glimpses of brilliance he’s shown at times this term can become a more regular feature in the not too distant future.