Real Madrid stars all smiles as they train ahead of El Clasico (photos/video)

Real Madrid stars all smiles as they train ahead of El Clasico (photos/video)

- Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training after recovering from his calf injury

- The 32-year-old injured his calf in the Club World Cup victory over Gremio last weekend

- This is his first training session with the squad since the Club World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo has finally returned to first team training with the rest of the Real Madrid squad.

The Portuguese trained for the first time on Friday, December 22, since Madrid's return from Abu Dhabi after the Club World Cup.

The 32-year-old picked up a knock in the Club World Cup final win over Gremio last Saturday, December 16.

Real Madrid stars all smiles as they train ahead of El Clasico (photos/video)

The Portuguese was all smiles in training. Photo: Mirror UK

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The European champions have been monitoring Ronaldo's recovery and the player has seen his workload carefully managed throughout the week as he looks to build us match fitness.

Real Madrid stars all smiles as they train ahead of El Clasico (photos/video)

He worked with the ball in preparation for the game. Photo: Mirror UK

Real Madrid stars all smiles as they train ahead of El Clasico (photos/video)

Competitive as always...he engaged in a foot race with Mateo Kovacic. Photo: Mirror UK

After a light routine alone on Wednesday, he stepped things up slightly on Thursday, still alone but working both with and without the ball.

Real Madrid stars all smiles as they train ahead of El Clasico (photos/video)

The team are looking to close the game on league leaders Barcelona. Photo: Mirror UK

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On Friday, he returned to full time training with the squad ahead of their meeting with their most bitter rivals, Barcelona.

Real Madrid stars all smiles as they train ahead of El Clasico (photos/video)

Zidane over saw the training on Friday. Photo: Mirror UK

Zidane’s side who are in fourth place at present are 11 points behind Barcelona who top the La Liga standings.

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