Gareth Bale returns to Real Madrid training ahead of Champions League clash

The Welsh star looks set for a return to action against Atletico Madrid, as Real Madrid prepare to do battle with their city rivals on the European stage.

A knock suffered against Rayo Vallecano last week, following a heavy challenge from Antonio Amaya, left Gareth Bale feeling somewhat battered and bruised, as Real Madrid prepared for their weekend encounter with Eibar in La Liga.

The Welshman was omitted from the squad that coasted to victory against Eibar, with Carlo Ancelotti wanting to take absolutely no risks. The Italian boss' decision is understandable, especially with what is arguably a more important encounter, just on the horizon.

On Tuesday, Real Madrid head across the Spanish capital to the Vicente Calderón, for the much anticipated Champions League first-leg clash with Atletico Madrid.

Having already declared the injury of Bale as minor, the 25-year-old resumed group training, as preparations for the European derby began in earnest, at the Valdebebas training base of Los Blancos.

Players who featured in the 3-0 win against Eibar on Saturday, were afforded a rest from Sunday's training session, according to the official Real Madrid website. Otherwise, everyone else in the squad did work to improve muscle tone, then performed various circuits of crossing and shooting training.

Ancelotti is keen to have his strongest 11 available for Tuesday's clash against Atletico, hopeful that Real Madrid can escape the Vicente Calderón cauldron of noise, with a positive result.

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