Karim Benzema has returned to full training with Real Madrid ahead of Saturday’s derby with Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The French striker missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Malaga due to a hip problem as Zinedine Zidane’s men slipped further off the pace in La Liga’s title race.
Madrid sit a point behind second-placed Atletico and nine adrift of leaders Barcelona but have Benzema back fit as they look leapfrog their cross-city rivals and keep their slim title hopes alive.
The 28-year-old trained with Zidane’s squad on Thursday, although Gareth Bale and Pepe look set to be absent again this weekend with calf and foot problems respectively.
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Benzema was on target in the reverse fixture against Atletico in October as the sides drew 1-1 at the Vicente Calderon.
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