Sergio Ramos returns to Real Madrid training before Chelsea FC Champions League second leg

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Sergio Ramos has boosted Real Madrid by returning to training ahead of a huge week for the Spanish giants.

Ramos has missed Real’s last nine games through injury, but is fit and available for selection again for Los Blancos after taking part in full training on Friday.

The Real captain will not be involved in Saturday’s LaLiga clash against Osasuna, though that may be precautionary given Zinedine Zidane’s side head to London next Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.

Chelsea and Real drew the first leg 1-1 in Madrid with Christian Pulisic giving the Blues the edge with a valuable away goal, while Zidane’s side looked uncomfortable lining up with a three-man defence.

Should Ramos return to the starting XI at Stamford Bridge, that would allow Zidane to revert to his favoured 4-3-3 formation as Real look to get a result in west London.

Ramos watching Real vs Chelsea last weekGetty Images
Ramos watching Real vs Chelsea last weekGetty Images

“[Ramos] is training with us and that means he’s able to play too,” Zidane had told a news conference on Friday.

While the Chelsea tie is on the horizon, Real are also in with a chance of winning LaLiga, with the closest title race in years.

Just three points separate the top four - Atletico Madrid, Real, Barcelona and Sevilla - and defending champions Real sit second on 71 points, two off leaders Atletico, with five games remaining.

“La Liga is always such a tough competition and it’ll be that way until the end,” said Zidane.

“We want to win this league title. We know it will be difficult but we’re going to give everything to do so until the end of the season.

“There have obviously been a lot of games, players have had problems, but in a season all sorts of things happen. The important thing is that we’re ready to go out there and compete.”

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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