Real Madrid have been boosted by the return to fitness of Eden Hazard as they take on Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League.
The Belgian travelled to Germany with his team-mates for Tuesday night’s Group B fixture and is available having shaken off a muscle injury in his right leg.
Hazard, 29, hasn’t played a single minute of football so far this season and hasn’t featured at all since Real’s Champions League exit to Manchester City on August 7 – 81 days ago.
Eden Hazard could make his first appearance of the season for Real Madrid on Tuesday
Real coach Zinedine Zidane keeps a close eye on Hazard and team-mates as they trained at Borussia Monchengladbach on Monday night
It comes as a boost to manager Zinedine Zidane as Real aim to kick-start their Champions League campaign having surprisingly lost 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday one last week.
Following the short turnaround between seasons, Hazard reported for pre-season training lacking in match fitness and then suffered the muscle problem on September 30.
It followed a hugely frustrating first season at the Bernabeu following his move from Chelsea in the summer of 2019 for an initial £104million fee that could rise to £150m.
Hazard suffered hamstring, ankle, foot and shin injuries that restricted him to just 22 appearances during his debut campaign with Real.
Hazard has been forced to watch the early season action from the stands after another injury
‘With Hazard, without respite’ ran the headline on Tuesday’s edition of AS in Spain
Zidane was pleased with the news that Hazard is back to full fitness amid a tight schedule
Zidane said on Monday: ‘If Hazard is with us it is because he is well and that is good news. We are all happy to see him with us.
‘Tomorrow we will see how we are going to use him. It is very positive news for us.
‘We know that the season is long and we are going to need everyone. It is true, I have always said it, because they are players who always play.
‘It is true that we have had problems on the wing but there are other players who can replace them and it will not give us problems.’