EDEN HAZARD could finally make his Real Madrid debut this weekend against Levante.
The Belgian has yet to feature for the Spanish giants since his £150million move from Chelsea this summer.
Eden Hazard is back and ready to feature for Real Madrid - but boss Zinedine Zidane has urged cautionCredit: EPA
There were even reports in Spain that the player returned to training a stone overweight.
Hazard has missed the clubs opening three league games with a thigh injury.
With playmaker Isco out injured and forward Gareth Bale suspended, it had been hoped that Hazard would take the reins as the team's talisman.
However Zidane has warned that Real's new number seven would need time.
HAZARD IS READY
Speaking before the La Liga clash, the French gaffer said: "We need to show a bit of restraint with him because hes been out for three weeks.
"We all really want to see Hazard, but there's a lot of pressure and expectation.
"Hes ready for it, but it'll be me who decides how he is introduced. We need to show calm and use our heads a bit."
Zidane's side have struggled, with draws against Real Valladolid and Villarreal following on from their opening-day victory against Celta Vigo, leaving them fifth in the table with five points.
MODRIC OUT INJURED
They are already four points behind league leaders and city rivals Atletico Madrid.
There was more mixed news on the injury front for Real as James Rodriguez returned to full training.
But Luka Modric came back from international duty with an abductor issue.
Zidane added: "There's positives and negatives. We lose Luka but get other lads back."
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The Croatian's injury means Toni Kroos and Casemiro are the only fit central midfielders available to Zidane.
He added: This is the squad we have and we cant make any changes to that. Everyone will get their chance to bring their qualities to this side.
"Hopefully Modric will be back quickly, but we have to accept that hes got no chance tomorrow."
Zinedine Zidane has some welcome returns from injury - but is now without Luka ModricCredit: AFP