Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Gareth Bale returns to Real Madrid training ahead of El Clasico

Gareth Bale returns to Real Madrid training ahead of El Clasico

Social media network Twitter has hooked up with LaLiga to generate a series of emoji icons for account holders to use as they build-up ahead of Sunday's El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu (kick-off 20:45 CEST).

With the Clasico being played at Real Madrid, the Spaniard believes there is no clear favourite and expects his old team to come away victorious. And with Neymar suspended, all signs point to Real Madrid getting at least a draw, which at the end of the day I think it would take.

"I want [Barcelona] obviously, but it will be a very tough game, both sides are very strong".

Neymar was handed the punishment for sarcastically applauding the fourth official after being shown a second yellow card in the 2-0 loss at Malaga earlier this month.

Gareth Bale's chances of being fit for Sunday's blockbuster La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona were boosted as he returned to training on Thursday.

Madrid confirmed Bale's return on their club website while also offering updates on Raphael Varane and Pepe.

Real Madrid youngster Marcos Llorente says he could never bring himself to play for Barcelona - but he isn't keen to sit on the Bernabeu bench either.

"It will be hard to lift my players up after this, but it will be easy to motivate them", Enrique said.

"Barca is one of the best teams in the world, but everything is possible in football".

"We will go to Madrid to try to do our best. What has happened is already behind us and the important thing is to improve together, in the way we always do".

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