Real Madrid v Barcelona: Ronaldo back to full training

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Cristiano Ronaldo returned to full training on Friday with his Real Madrid teammates to quash fears he could miss Saturday’s huge El Clasico clash with Barcelona at Real’s Santiago Bernabeu.

The world player of the year received rough treatment as he scored the winner in the Club World Cup final over Brazilians Gremio last weekend, but Ronaldo had insisted he would be fit for the lunchtime visit of league leaders Barca.

Ronaldo didn’t train with the rest of the Madrid squad on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday as a precaution.

Madrid will need Ronaldo in the form he has shown of late having scored five goals in his last four games as the European champions look to claw their way back into the title race.

Zinedine Zidane’s men trail Barca by 11 points and are in fourth place also behind Atletico Madrid and Valencia, but they do have a game in hand on their rivals.

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Real Madrid v Barcelona: Sport360's El Clasico preview

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Real Madrid host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday with the La Liga title race hanging in the balance.

In the above video, Sport360’s Brendon Netto covers several talking points ahead of the crucial Clasico.

  • Should the Catalans win, will the title race be over?

  • Is Cristiano Ronaldo an injury doubt for the encounter?







  • Lionel Messi continues to be pivotal to Barcelona.

  • Barcelona’s more disciplined approach this season.

  • How the two teams will set up.

  • Zinedine Zidane could be put under pressure should he lose this clash.


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Real Madrid v Barcelona: Ronaldo trains alone ahead of El Clasico

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Cristiano Ronaldo trained alone on Thursday ahead of Real Madrid‘s clash against Barcelona this weekend, after sustaining a knock to his calf during the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

The Portugal star received rough treatment as he scored the winner in last Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Brazilians Gremio in the final, but Ronaldo had insisted he would be fit for the visit of Barcelona.

“Cristiano Ronaldo trained alone out on the pitch, both with and without the ball,” Real wrote on their website, two days ahead of Saturday’s Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Following Real’s return to Spain, the five-time Ballon d’Or recipient had remained in the gym on Tuesday and Wednesday before finally lacing up his boots for an individual training session on Thursday.

Spanish sports daily As reported it was simply a “precaution” as Real look to trim the 11-point gap between themselves and leaders Barcelona, who are unbeaten in La Liga this season.

“He will play in the Clasico barring last-minute surprise,” the paper added.

Zinedine Zidane‘s Real, who also trail Atletico Madrid and Valencia, are fourth in the table and realistically must win this weekend to remain in the running for the Spanish title.​

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