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Friday January 4 2013
Madrid welcome back Albiol

Raul Albiol has returned to full training today and could be in contention to feature for the weekend’s visit of Real Sociedad.

The centre-back has been recovering over winter from an ankle injury and is a welcome presence for Jose Mourinho in this morning’s session.

The Coach heads into the weekend’s League encounter with La Real without suspended duo Sergio Ramos and Pepe, with the latter also ruled out for a month after ankle surgery, and without Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao through injury.

Albiol has barely featured for Madrid this season and has also played out of position when used, but now could be in contention to partner Raphael Varane in the centre of defence on Sunday. Otherwise, Ricardo Carvalho remains ready to make a first League start for almost eight months.

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