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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale returns to training ahead of crucial El Clasico clash with rivals Barcelona

April 21, 2017 12:35 AM
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Gareth Bale's hopes of being fit for Sunday's La Liga showdown with Barcelona have received a boost as he returned to training following a muscle injury on Thursday.

The Wales forward rejoined the squad for their first training session since their Champions League win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Madrid said in a statement.

He had been a major doubt for El Clasico, having been forced off with injury in the first leg of Madrid's quarter-final tie at Bayern.

Zinedine Zidane's side host Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Sunday in a clash which could go a long way to determining the outcome of the title race. Madrid go into the match with a three-point lead and a game in hand on their bitter rivals.

Barcelona also travel to the league leaders having been eliminated from the Champions League in midweek.

Luis Enrique's side failed to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit as they were held to a goalless draw at home by Juventus.

Madrid, meanwhile, are three matches away from becoming the first team to retain the famous trophy after they overcame Bayern Munich 6-3 on aggregate.

In between the two legs of the heavyweight European clash, Madrid maintained their advantage at the top of La Liga with a 3-2 win over Sporting Gijon thanks to Isco's last-minute winner.


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