Eden Hazard Opens Up About ‘Strange’ Return to Training Following Ankle Surgery

Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard has returned to training with his teammates after undergoing surgery on his ankle.

The Belgium international went under the knife before lockdown was implemented in Spain due to the coronavirus outbreak, but he’s now returned to Real Madrid’s training complex for the first time as restrictions start to be lifted.

La Liga still hasn’t settled on a date for its return, but Hazard has explained exactly what things have been like returning to training at Real Madrid for the first time since February.

“Now the training sessions are better,” Hazard told AS. “We can train more as we like. The first week was a bit strange, but now we can train again in a group and with the goalkeepers as well, so it’s more like we want.

“Now what we want is to be all together and try to work as a group.

“I feel very good to be back on the pitch working with my teammates. Now we have to wait for the matches to come, but I’ m very happy.

“After two months away I need more physical work and more ball work. I just want to be ready for the next game.”

Hazard has only made two appearances this calendar year as he continues to struggle with injuries throughout his first season in the Spanish capital.

The 29-year-old has made 15 appearances across all competitions, scoring one goal and picking up five assists, but so far Hazard hasn’t been able to match the performances at Chelsea which helped him earn a move to Madrid.

Hazard certainly hasn’t been the only new signing who’s struggled to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabéu as Luka Jović, a big-money signing from Eintracht Frankfurt, has also underperformed. But it Belgium’s captain who has received the most criticism this season, as is often the case with marquee signings at the club.

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