Hazard returns as Real Madrid look to reestablish lead over Barcelona

The Belgian is back from a long injury layoff as Madrid host Celta on Sunday

La previa del Real Madrid - Celta de la Jornada 24 de la Liga 2019/20
La previa del Real Madrid - Celta de la Jornada 24 de la Liga 2019/20 | sport

Eden Hazard has been out for 81 days but could return for Real Madrid on Sunday when they host Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga. 

Alejandro Alcázar


Zinedine Zidane's side have not massively missed the Belgian while he's been sidelined for almost three months. They have won the Spanish Supercup in that time, moved to the top of La Liga and progressed in the Champions League. However, they were knocked out of the Copa del Rey. 

On Sunday, they face a Celta side desperate for points at the bottom of the table. Mallorca's win on Saturday means they returned to the relegation zone despite last week's last-minute win against Sevilla. 

Madrid, meanwhile, cannot relax either. They are obliged to win after seeing Barcelona move level on points with them on Saturday with their 2-1 win over Getafe. The title race is hotting up. 

Zidane has left Nacho, Lucas, Brahim, Rodrygo and James out of the squad, with Hazard returning. The ex-Chelsea man is noto expected to start, though, with Gareth Bale and Isco likely to partner Karim Benzema, 

Elsewhere, Marcelo could get another chance, although Madrid's best form has come with Ferland Mendy in the side. 



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