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Bale rejoins Real Madrid training ahead of Clasico

Bale missed the second leg of Madrid's Champions League quarter-final victory over Bayern Munich. Credit: PA

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 boss Luis Enrique targets second Champions League miracle

Luis Enrique is hoping for a repeat of Barcelona's Champions League heroics Credit: PA

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is optimistic his side can pull off another stunning comeback to advance in the Champions League.

The Catalan side looked down and out after losing the first leg of their last-16 tie 4-0 against Paris St Germain in February, but produced a remarkable 6-1 second-leg triumph last month to reach the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition.

They gave themselves another mountain to climb as they suffered a crushing 3-0 loss to Juventus in Turin last Tuesday in the first leg of the last-eight meeting, but Enrique has warned Barca should not be written off just yet.

We will try right until the end. Those who experienced the night against PSG at Camp Nou will have another chance to enjoy a historic evening. Right until the 95th minute, we have to be united.

We have to get the fans involved in our game and our intensity. We need Camp Nou to bounce to experience another special evening.

Many results at home and the recent comeback against PSG are statistics that invite optimism. We have to create a collective crazy atmosphere so our players can perform at their best.

We need to intimidate a team like Juventus to the maximum. If we score the first goal, Camp Nou will get the second and the third will come by itself.

– Luis Enrique told reporters

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