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Cristiano Ronaldo is carrying a calf problem, but he will be ready to feature from the outset against Athletic Bilbao.

Any doubts over the fitness of Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday’s encounter against Athletic Bilbao appeared to be pushed to one side on Friday as the Portuguese trained normally with his team-mates, Marca has reported.

‘CR7’, however, was wearing a bandage over his left calf, indicating that he has an issue with the muscle.

The former Manchester United man was withdrawn at half-time during the Seleccao’s terrific midweek victory over Spain and hadn’t trained on Thursday as a precautionary measure.

Friday’s show of strength during the club’s training session now has La Primera Division’s top scorer odds on to feature prominently at the weekend having been named in coach Jose Mourinho's squad despite the Classico being just nine days away.

Ronaldo has been a major player for los Blancos in the early weeks of the campaign, scoring 11 times in as many games, plus creating five goals directly for team-mates.

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