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Benzema, Varane train ahead of Real Madrid rescue mission

AFP , Sunday 10 Apr 2016
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema vies with Roma's midfielder from Bosnia-Herzegovina Miralem Pjanic and Roma's defender from Greece Konstas Manolas (R) during the UEFA Champions League football match AS Roma vs Real Madrid on Frebruary 17, 2016 at the Olympic stadium in Rome (Photo: AFP)

Real Madrid's French international duo Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane returned to training on Sunday with both expected to be fit for Madrid's crucial Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

The Spanish giants have to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit to reach the semi-finals for the fifth consecutive year.

Benzema missed Saturday's 4-0 rout of Eibar after limping off with a knee injury during the first leg in Germany last week.

Varane has been sidelined for the past two weeks by a calf injury picked up in France's recent 4-2 friendly win over Russia.

Coach Zinedine Zidane made eight changes against Eibar as four first-half goals brought Real to within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona at the weekend.

However, Madrid will be back at full strength in midweek with captain Sergio Ramos returning from suspension along with the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who were rested against Eibar.

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