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The Japan international had been sidelined since November but made a welcome return during the last 20 minutes of the Russian's Champions League clash with Real Madrid

CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky has praised the performance of returning midfielder Keisuke Honda following his side's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Honda made a welcome return to action for Russian side having been sidelined since November with a recurring knee injury and Slutsky was quick to praise the impact the Japan international had on the game.

"After Honda's introduction we became more dangerous in attack," the CSKA Moscow manager told reporters.

Slutsky had admitted Honda wasn't in "perfect condition" prior to the game but hoped the run would him get through 90 minutes in the return leg on March 14.

He added: "Today he played even longer than he actually can physically. I hope he will be ready for all 90 minutes in Madrid."

Honda was subject to a failed move to Serie A side Lazio in the January transfer window with reports stating the Samurai Blue had agreed terms with the Rome-based club before they pulled out of the deal at the last minute.

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