Yet he soon proved his quality after recovering from a muscle injury by giving Madrid the lead against Huesca, flummoxing the visiting side by taking aim from way outside the box and scoring with a brilliant left-footed strike.
“I’m tired but that’s why I’m here, I want to play more games and now I’m back to optimal fitness I just need to get ready for the next match in three days,” a smiling Hazard told Real Madrid’s official television channel.
“It was a pretty good goal, I just received the ball and had a shot and I’m very happy for me and for the team.
Real director Emilio Butragueno said the Belgian’s goal showed what he can offer.
“What Hazard did today was magnificent, his goal gives us an idea of the quality of player we are talking about, and from then on the team felt much more comfortable,” said the former Madrid striker.
“He has had a lot of bad luck since he arrived with injuries but he is a proven winner and all he wants to do is to be on the pitch and help the team.”