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Cristiano Ronaldo missed training this week after a calf injury in Club World Cup

  • He had trained alone on Wednesday and Thursday but was back on Friday
  • Real Madrid host Barcelona looking to slash the 11-point deficit in La Liga
  • Real Madrid have received a huge boost ahead of Saturday’s Clasico after Cristiano Ronaldoreturned to full training.

Ronaldo missed training at the start of the week after suffering a calf injury in the Club World Cup final last weekend.

The Portuguese star admitted after the 1-0 win over Gremio in Abu Dhabi that he had been struggling towards the end of the game, casting doubt over his involvement against Barcelona at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo returned to training on Wednesday, however he took part in practice alone, working on his fitness instead of with the rest of the Real squad.

However on Friday, pictures emerged of a smiling Ronaldo back with his team mates and fit to play in the biggest domestic game of the Spanish season so far.

A clip posted to the Real Madrid official Instagram page showed Ronaldo going through fitness drills with the rest of the team and with no problems

The sight will be a massive bonus for Real manager Zinedine Zidane, who knows his side must win on Saturday – their final game before La Liga’s winter break – to stand any chance of challenging for the title.

Real are 11 points behind Barca, after enduring a start to the season blighted by injuries to key players and loss of form in others, including Ronaldo.

Also looking to be back at fitness is Gareth Bale, who trained alongside Ronaldo and has been involved with the first team all week.

Zidane could play the feared ‘BBC’ strike force, of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, against their deadliest rivals.

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