Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that his Real Madrid squad will be boosted by the return of Eden Hazard for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Liverpool.
Hazard has missed eight of Madrid’s last nine league matches, while his last outing in the Champions League coming in the group stage win over Inter Milan back in November.
Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Real at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday night, and will already be without captain Sergio Ramos for the game.
The La Liga giants confirmed on Thursday in an official statement that the Spanish international had been ‘diagnosed with a muscle injury’.
Real have not put a time frame on his return to action, but reports from Spain claimed the 35-year-old would be out for ‘about a month’, which would also rule him out of the return leg at Anfield on April 14.
Hazard missed Real’s win over Eibar on Saturday afternoon, but Zidane is optimistic that the former Chelsea man could recover from a hip injury in time for the first-leg of the last-eight tie.
He said: “Hopefully we can get [Federico] Valverde and Hazard back. We will see tomorrow and the day after. Today it was not possible but I hope that on Tuesday they can be with us.”
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Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema both scored as Los Blancos closed the gap on league leaders Atletico Madrid to three points.
And Zidane said after the game: “We did very well, starting the game very well.
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“Now we have to rest and prepare well. We know where we come from, we’ve suffered a lot this season and now it’s time to enjoy.
“We’re in a good moment, because the results are good. We defended the goal very well and we’re playing well, for us it’s important.”