Eden Hazard has his confidence back after injury hell, but Real Madrid winger doesn’t start vs Chelsea in Champions League semi-final

Eden Hazard has his confidence back after returning from his latest injury, but he starts on the bench against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

Hazard has been plagued by several injuries since completing a big-money move to Los Blancos from Chelsea in 2019.

Hazard made his return after six weeks out against Real Betis on the weekend
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He will face his old club on Tuesday night, LIVE on talkSPORT from 7.30pm, but will not be risked from the start.

Predicting the news earlier, Spanish football expert Phil Kitromilides told talkSPORT: “Eden Hazard probably won’t feature from the start.

“He came off the bench against Real Betis [on Saturday]. Everyone was quite excited by his 13-minute cameo.

“He looked pretty good. In terms of starting tonight, it’s probably beyond him.

“They’ll use him as a super-sub off the bench because he actually looked really good against Real Betis.

“He’s barely played in 2021, so he should be ready and highly motivated. But from the start, I can’t see it.”

Hazard has struggled for form and fitness since arriving in Madrid
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Hazard has sustained eight injuries since joining Real Madrid and has only managed to start three LaLiga matches this year.

Kitromilides reckons the 30-year-old looked back to his old self in his brief cameo against Real Betis.

He said: “What was really noticeable about his performance on the weekend, it was only 13 minutes, but he seemed to have that confidence back, which has been lacking.

“He’s had these injuries and he’s come back, he’s got injured again, it seemed to affect his game.

“He didn’t have that desire to take players on, get stuck in, go past men, it seemed to inhibit his play.

“On the weekend, we saw the old Eden Hazard was back. He’s been out for a while and Zinedine Zidane said, ‘he’s going to come back when he’s 100 per cent fit and 100 per cent ready’.

“They’ve held him back, they’ve held him back, they’ve held him back and now, it looks like he’s finally 100 per cent.”