Zinedine Zidane in a press conference: “Hazard has felt some injury niggles, but it’s not a repeat of the same injury,” the coach said.

“He has trained with us normally and I hope he can play these final four league matches with us and then also the Champions League.

“He wants to be with us, he isn’t scared of a repeat of the injury,” he added.

“There are people with greater medical expertise than me and they know that it’s normal to have some pain after a match or a tough training session.

“He wants to help the team and will be with us tomorrow.”

In spite of the happiness of Hazard’s return to the turf, the Los Blancos have bigger problems to face as only three of their defenders will be available for tomorrow’s game.

Marcelo is injured as well as Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez with Sergio Ramos also suspended.

“I have my starting line-up for tomorrow clear in my mind, but I’m not going to tell you it,” he said.

Finally, he reflected on how important this match is against Alaves, a team battling relegation and a team that just changed coach.

“We know the situation they’re in and we know there are no easy games,” Zidane said.

“We’re prepared to keep doing what we’ve been doing.

“It’ll be tough, but we’re excited to play it.”


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