Real Madrid boss uncertain about Eden Hazard return


first_img Before the start of his team’s title defence at Real Sociedad on Sunday, Zidane confirmed Hazard would not feature in San Sebastian. “I can’t tell you when he’ll be able to return, just that he’s better,” he said. “The important thing is how the player feels. We have time to prepare for the season. “The only thing he has to do is be at 100 per cent and we’ll get to work.” One creative talent ready to play a part is Martin Odegaard, who is back in the Madrid ranks after impressing on loan at Real Sociedad last season – to the extent that Los Blancos opted to recall the 21-year-old Norway international instead of allowing him to spend another campaign at the Anoeta. “He’s our player and he can contribute to the team,” Zidane said of Odegaard, who also spent time on loan with Heerenveen and Vitesse after joining Madrid as a 16-year-old in January 2015. “Players that come to Real Madrid are the best. We have another player and he’s a player that can be very important in this squad. I know I have the best players here. Read Also: Barca secure slim win over Elche to claim Joan Gamper Trophy“The important thing for the players is to be prepared and I think Martin, like the others, is prepared.“Martin has changed because his trajectory has been phenomenal and he’s improved each year. He’s a more complete player now.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World Zinedine Zidane does not know when Eden Hazard will be fit to play for Real Madrid as the Belgium star’s struggles in the Spanish capital continue. Although Madrid successfully wrested control of La Liga from Barcelona last season, it was a campaign of personal frustration for Hazard following his initial €100million switch from Chelsea. He managed a solitary goal and struggled to regain top condition after undergoing surgery on a broken right foot. Hazard signed off his season with a lacklustre showing in Madrid’s Champions League last-16 loss to Manchester City. The 29-year-old went on international duty during the recent break for Nations League matches against Denmark and Iceland but did not play a single minute and reports from Madrid suggested he returned to pre-season training overweight. Loading… last_img read more

Bolt on show for final time as IAAF World Championships opens today


first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – The track and field world is set to bid farewell to the greatest sprinter of all-time in Usain Bolt when the IAAF World Championships gets going here this weekend.Jamaican Bolt, a legend of the sport, will race for the final time at the August 4-13 showpiece before calling time on a decorated career that has brought him multiple World and Olympic titles over the last decade.An 11-time World champion, Bolt, despite winning the men’s 200m at the last four World Championships, will only settle for the 100m this time around.And despite having only three 100m races this season and a season-best of 9.95 seconds, the irrepressible athlete told journalists he was ready and that the headline after tomorrow’s 100m final would read “unbeatable, unstoppable Bolt”.“I am not worried. It’s a championships, it’s a final, so it’s all about who can keep their nerves,” said the three-time Olympic sprint double champion.“If I show up for a championships, if I am here, you know I am fully confident and ready to go.“The last race I ran 9.95 and it showed I am going in the right direction, so after these two rounds leading up to the final, which always help me then for me I am going forward.”Jamaican Elaine Thompson and Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo are two other Caribbean headliners for the meet.The 24-year-old Thompson, the reigning Olympic sprint double champion, will also run only the women’s 100m, which gets going tomorrow.Miller-Uibo, the Olympic Games 400m champion, takes on the 200/400m double but according to her, special focus will be on the one-lap event.“I think I am pretty ready. Everything is going well,” Miller-Uibo said yesterday.“The main thing is the 400m so once I get done with the 400m, the 200m is just there for play. I just want to go out there and have fun with it.”Meanwhile, seven other Caribbean athletes will be in action on today’s opening day.Antigua and Barbuda’s Chavaughn Walsh will be in the preliminaries of the men’s 100m, along with Barbadians Mario Burke and Ramon Gittens, and Bahamian Warren Fraser.They are challenging for a place in the heats, the stage at which Bolt enters later in the evening.In the men’s discus, Jamaicans Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle are down to contest the opening round. The 23-year-old is the world number two with a throw of 68.88 metres.Damar Forbes and Ramone Bailey, both Jamaicans, will be the English-speaking Caribbean’s representatives in the men’s long jump.The opening day’s activities will end with the men’s 10 000m final.last_img read more