After initial fear that Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo could miss the El Clasico of Saturday, the club received a huge boost as star player on Friday returned to full training.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who powered Real Madrid to win the Club World Cup, was struggling to regain fitness ahead of Saturday’s potentially mouth-watering clash with local rivals in the La Liga, FC Barcelona.
He had powered Real Madrid to win the Club World Cup but had to struggle to regain fitness. Ronaldo missed training at the start of the week after sustaining 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.
He 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.