Hazard, Asensio join Real Madrid as training resumes in Spain

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LONDON: Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio have returned to training for Real Madrid after spending lengthy spells on sideline due to injuries.

Hazard suffered the injury during a 1-0 defeat against Levante on February 22, and was forced to undergo surgery just before the season was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, while, Asensio ruptured his cruciate ligament during a pre-season game against Arsenal.

The Belgium international, 29, has been following a strict rehabilitation programme while in quarantine, with Madrid players forced to comply with social distancing rules amid a countrywide lockdown in Spain.

An official statement on the club’s official website reads: “The players have been working out since 10am under the direction of Zinedine Zidane and the strict health rules of the LFP protocol for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Divided into two shifts and on various pitches, the Real Madrid players perform their first individual exercises with and without the ball.” Madrid welcomed all players and staff back to Santiago Bernabeu last Wednesday for medical evaluations, with La Liga officials planning to restart the season in June. —Agencies

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