Madrid (AFP)

Eden Hazard, returned from a fractured right ankle during confinement, will be lined up alongside Karim Benzema and Rodrygo in the eleven of Real for the big return of Zinedine Zidane's men after the pandemic, this Sunday at 5.30 p.m. GMT against Eibar.

The Belgian international striker (29) had a difficult first year at Real Madrid: he suffered an ankle fracture in early December 2019, returned in early February, but immediately injured himself in the same place on February 22, during a Liga match against Levante. In total, he has missed 24 injury games this season at Real.

After his operation in the United States on March 5, the Spanish press expected an absence of between two and three months, but the player will have missed almost no match since the Liga stopped on March 12 due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

"After two months off, I need more physical and ball work, so I only hope to be ready for the next match," said the Belgian on May 18, returning to training.

After taking advantage of the time of confinement to recover, Hazard will be strong in attack this Sunday evening alongside the French center-center Karim Benzema and the young Brazilian Rodrygo (19 years old).

With notably a midfielder made up of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos, Thibaut Courtois in the cages and the defensive hinge Sergio Ramos - Raphaël Varane, Zidane decided to start again on his bases of 4-3-3 for this first match of back after the new coronavirus pandemic, which has paralyzed football in Spain since March 12.

As part of the 28th day of La Liga, Real Madrid, second five points behind leader Barça, face Eibar this Sunday evening (19:30 GMT) behind closed doors at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium (6,000 seats), usually used by the team of young people, because of the work in progress at the Santiago-Bernabeu.

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