Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard has returned to individual training as he nears a full recovery from a foot injury.
After a bruised ankle forced him to miss the last game of November 2019, Hazard is still yet to return to action after further tests discovered a hairline fracture in his foot, meaning he has missed his side's last ten matches in all competitions.
However, as noted by AS, he has now laced up his boots and returned to the training complex at Valdebebas to enter the final stages of his recovery.
He had previously done some physical work on the grass, but only in normal shoes, so his transition to boots shows that he has not aggravated the injury and is on track for a full recovery in the near future.
Hazard's goal is understood to be a return to face Atlético Madrid on 1 February, so he will sit out his side's next two matches in order to give himself the best possible chance of being ready for the derby.
This season, Hazard has managed just 13 appearances for Real, and he has only netted once in all competitions. Injuries have plagued the first few months of his career in Madrid, but he did look to be rediscovering his best form before going down with his foot injury.
In his absence, Zinedine Zidane has used plenty of different players on the wing, but that was always likely as he attempted to cope with the club's hectic schedule over the last month.
Rodrygo Goes, Vinícius Júnior and Isco have featured heavily, while Lucas Vázquez returned to the starting lineup against Sevilla after recovering from his own toe injury, so Zidane's squad looks to be nearing full strength.
However, one player who is also facing a battle to return for Atlético is centre-back Sergio Ramos, who picked up an ankle injury during Real's Super Cup triumph over Los Rojiblancos.
He began his recovery soon after that game and has not featured since, but he is thought to be optimistic about his chances of returning for the derby.