Hazard has sights set on returning for Madrid derby

26 Jan 2020

The Belgian has been progressing well and returned to work with the ball on Thursday. His objective is to return for Atlético’s visit to the Bernabéu on 1 February.

Just having the ball at his feet again for the first time in almost two months will be a massive boost for the Belgian. The player was on the end of a clumsy challenge from Thomas Meunier during the Champions League meeting with PSG on 26 November. In the subsequent 58 days, the player has worked non-stop with the club medical team to ensure his physical form didn’t decline while his ankle healed.

Hazard has his sights set on two key games – the Madrid derby at the Bernabéu on 1 February and the first leg of the Champions League Last 16 tie against Manchester City on 26 February. Against Atletico, he hopes to be given a run-out – possibly coming on for the last 10 minutes. As for Guardiola’s visit to the capital at the end of the month, Hazard hopes to be back match-fit and firing on all cylinders. The City game is one that no one wants to miss.

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