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Real Madrid vs Real Betis: Hazard back in squad for LaLiga clash

Eden Hazard could return to Real Madrid action against Real Betis on Saturday, while Luka Modric is back after missing the midweek win over Cádiz.

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Real Madrid vs Real Betis: Hazard back in selection contention
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Eden Hazard has returned to the Real Madrid squad for Los Blancos' LaLiga clash with Real Betis on Saturday (3pm EDT, 9 pm CEST).

Hazard could make first Real Madrid appearance in a month and a half

Hazard, 30, has not featured for Madrid since suffering a calf strain after coming on as a late substitute in a 2-1 home league win over Elche in mid-March.

Modric returns to contention after missing Cádiz win

Luka Modric, who sat out Wednesday’s 3-0 LaLiga victory at Cádiz due to a back problem, is also fit to face Betis at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane had confirmed the pair's availability in his pre-match press conference on Friday, telling reporters: "Modric will be back and as for Hazard… he’ll be in the squad, too. That’s another good piece of news for us."

Kroos, Valverde, Ramos, Vázquez and Mendy all out

However, Toni Kroos was again unable to train with the group on Friday and remains out with a muscle issue, and Federico Valverde is self-isolating after testing positive for covid-19.

Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vázquez and Ferland Mendy are also currently in the Real Madrid sick bay.

In Mendy’s absence, Marcelo is expected to keep his place at left-back against Betis, with Zidane likely to again opt for a three-man central defence of Éder Militao, Raphaël Varane and Nacho Fernández.

Youngsters Blanco and Arribas also in squad

Castilla player Antonio Blanco remains in the squad after impressing against Cádiz on his league debut for Madrid, while fellow 'B'-team player Sergio Arribas is also included.