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The Brazil intenational missed the derby win over Atletico due to injury, but has returned to the training ground again and is ready to feature on Saturday

Jose Mourinho has received some encouraging news from the treatment table ahead of Real Madrid's Primera Division home game against Sporting Gijon as defender Marcelo has resumed regular training action.

The 23-year-old defender missed the Blancos' 4-1 Liga win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday due to injury, and there were doubts about his availability for Saturday's match at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Nevertheless, Marcelo returned to the training ground again on Friday, and is expected to make the match squad for the game against Sporting.

The return of the left-back means that Fabio Coentrao is likely to lose his starting berth again after replacing the Brazil international versus Atletico.

Saturday's match in the Spanish capital kicks off at 20.00CET.

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