Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Eden Hazard will not be included in Real Madrid‘s match squad for the LaLiga clash with Real Betis. The Belgian winger is still building up his fitness after he suffered an ankle injury last season that kept on haunting him during the rest of the season and the off-season. Hazard has resumed training at Madrid but is not ready to play matches, confirms Zidane.
“He’s okay, that injury isn’t a bother anymore,” Zidane said of the damaged foot that required surgery last term. “But he needs to get training sessions under his belt, he needs to work for the team and go slow. In a short time, he’ll be with the squad. What we want and what the player wants is to be part of that first-team fold and playing.”
Zidane also answered questions on the role of Luka Jovic. The Serbian was an unused substitute against Real Sociedad, despite Real needing a goal. There have been suggestions that Jovic and Karim Benzema can’t play together but Zidane rejects that: “I’ve never said Karim and Jovic can’t play together up front. I can see it, definitely. They can play together. But we’ve got a lot of games coming up and there are lots of different playing styles and formations. Every game is different.”