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Benzema, Ronaldo to feature against Valencia says Zidane

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has revealed that both Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo should be fit to face Valencia in Sunday’s La Liga clash at the Bernabeu.

Los Blancos need to pick up all the points to continue their pursuit of leaders Barcelona, but it had been thought that they would be without Gareth Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo for the clash in Madrid.

Bale will miss out with a knee problem, but Benzema will return from a hamstring injury and Zidane is also confident that Ronaldo will feature despite battling a thigh issue.

“Benzema will be with us, he is ready to play. I am not sure [whether he starts or is on the bench], it depends on how he feels. We aren’t thinking about the final, we are thinking about our remaining games in the league,” Zidane told reporters.

“When we reach May 14 [the day of their final La Liga game] we will have time to prepare for the final.

“Cristiano will play if he’s well and good. He looked in perfect condition to me. The best way to prepare [for the final] is to play the final two games.”

Real Madrid will be out of the title race if they draw tomorrow and Barcelona overcome Espanyol.

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