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Real Madrid team news: Ramos returns from broken nose against Athletic

20:54 SAST 2017/12/02
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid
The Blancos defender is back in the line-up for Zinedine Zidane's side after missing three games

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos will return from a broken nose against Athletic on Saturday. 

Ramos missed three matches after suffering the injury in the derby with Atletico Madrid on November 18, and will wear a mask against Athletic at San Mames. 

Gareth Bale misses out with a calf complaint after suffering another set-back in a season blighted by injuries thus far, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema starting in attack.

The Blancos will look to take advantage of Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo earlier on Saturday. A win for Madrid will bring them to within six points of their rivals.

Coincidentally, this is the same starting line-up as the one that began their Champions League final win in Cardiff earlier this year and the first time it's been chosen since then.

Real Madrid XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Hernandez, Vazquez, Mayoral, Kovacic, Ceballos.