Zinedine Zidane provides updates on Hazard & more ahead of Chelsea showdown
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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has, this weekend, provided fitness updates on a key pair of members of his squad.
Blancos on song
Zidane and co. have of course managed to get their campaign firmly back on track of late.
Amid scintillating spells of form on the part of Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and more, Los Blancos have now not fallen to a single defeat since late January.
Such efforts have seen Real climb to within a point of rivals Atletico at the La Liga summit, as well as booking their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League, courtesy of an impressive ousting of Liverpool.
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Making the superb form on the part of the capital giants even more impressive, though, is the fact that it has come amid a horrid spell of luck on the personnel front.
Recent weeks have seen the likes of Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Lucas Vazquez, Eden Hazard and more confined to the sidelines, due to a combination of injury and Covid-19 woes.
Just yesterday, meanwhile, Ferland Mendy was the latest name added to the treatment table at the Bernabeu, after it was confirmed that the stopper has picked up a calf problem.
As such, it is safe to say that some positive news in the Spanish capital has been long overdue.
On Sunday, though, news of such a nature, finally, has been forthcoming.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of Real’s La Liga meeting with Getafe tonight, Zinedine Zidane was asked for an update on the wellbeing of his squad.
And, in a major boost for Los Blancos, the Frenchman confirmed that both Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal are on the verge of a return to the pitch.
The news comes at an absolutely pivotal moment for the Spanish champions, with not only a number of crunch league fixtures in store over the weeks ahead, but also a Champions League semi-final showdown with Hazard’s former side, Chelsea.
‘He is feeling very better and he is ready. He wants to be back more than anyone else,’ Zidane explained when drawn on the Belgian.
‘We have been more cautious with [Dani] Carvajal and Hazard, because they are relapses. They are both better and that is good for the team.’
The winger could get his reunion with Chelsea after all. https://t.co/ymuIfwgtr3
— football.london (@Football_LDN) April 18, 2021