Eden Hazard is 100 per cent fit and ready to return when Real Madrid take on Celta Vigo in La Liga on Sunday, says Zinedine Zidane.
Belgium international Hazard has been out of action since November after fracturing his ankle in a 2-2 Champions League draw against Paris Saint-Germain.
He has scored one goal and made 13 appearances since arriving from Chelsea for a reported initial fee of €100 million (£83m/$108m), his debut having been delayed until September due to a hamstring problem.
However, Hazard has been in full training with Madrid this week and head coach Zidane confirmed he could feature at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“We all know how important Hazard is and that’s why we signed him. He’s a great player. We’re very happy he’s back with the group,” Zidane said at a pre-match news conference on Saturday.
“He hasn’t played for three months and it’s not easy. It will also depend on the game and the rhythm but physically he’s absolutely fit and available to be with us.
“We know how much he can help us. It was tough not having him for almost three months due to injury. He’s also very happy to be back.
“It’s true we have to take it easy, we should give him time, and that’s what we did to make sure he’s 100 per cent fit when he is back. He is ready to play tomorrow.”
Source: News update