Eden Hazard has returned to Madrid to continue his recovery process after spending some time working in his home country with Lieven Maesschalk, the Belgian national team physio.
The 30-year-old forward decided against undergoing another ankle surgery after following advice from both Real Madrid‘s and Belgium’s medical staff.
As Het Laatse Nieuws reported, Hazard was treated by Maesschalk in Tubize, Belgium, before taking a flight back to the Spanish capital, where he will continue his recovery process.
Meanwhile, his teammate Thibaut Courtois has indicated that, despite his continuous injury issues, Hazard has never been as fit as of late.
“After his previous injury, he had some difficult days, but this time I see that he is working very hard every day in training,” Courtois told VTM.
“He surely is fitter than ever.”
The next steps for Hazard
According to the Belgian media, Hazard will now have to undergo “an extreme treatment to strengthen the lower part of the body, from the abs to the knees”.
Since he was injured back in 2019 in a collision with his Belgium teammate Thomas Meunier, Hazard’s right ankle “is as flexible as his left”, according to diagnoses, although the metal plate that was placed when he underwent surgery last summer in Dallas “should not be the cause of his repeated muscle injuries”.