Ron­aldo, Pepe re­turn to train­ing

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CRIS­TIANO Ron­aldo and Pepe re­turned to Real Madrid yes­ter­day to com­plete the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons’ squad as they pre­pare to kick off their La Liga cam­paign in 11 days’ time.

The Por­tuguese pair have en­joyed a pe­riod of ex­tended leave to re­cover from their in­ter­na­tional ex­er­tions in win­ning Euro 2016 last month.

Both play­ers were al­lowed to miss Tues­day night’s Uefa Super Cup win over Sevilla but were back at the club’s Valde­be­bas while their team-mates took the day off.

Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Martin Ode­gaard were also at Real’s head­quar­ters on the out­skirts of Madrid as they work up their fit­ness for the new sea­son.

Ron­aldo and Pepe took part in a short in­door ses­sion be­fore head­ing out­side for some run­ning while also spend­ing some time in the Valde­be­bas gym.

Man­ager Zine­dine Zi­dane over­saw the ses­sions, re­sum­ing work just hours af­ter the Super Cup cel­e­bra­tions in Trond­heim, Nor­way.

His team tri­umphed de­spite the ab­sence of some of their most no­table stars but the French­man will be glad to wel­come back the tal­ents of Ron­aldo and Pepe.

The for­mer was al­ways likely to miss the clash with Sevilla af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous knee in­jury in the fi­nal of Euro 2016 while the lat­ter was af­forded some ex­tra time off af­ter a stren­u­ous sea­son.

Both play­ers helped Real to win the Cham­pi­ons League, beat­ing Atletico Madrid in the fi­nal, be­fore go­ing all the way with Por­tu­gal.

Zi­dane is still look­ing to add to his squad af­ter miss­ing out on Paul Pogba to Man­ches­ter United but said on Tues­day night that he was con­fi­dent in the group he cur­rently has at his dis­posal, boosted by the re­turn of the Por­tuguese duo.

“We’ve got a big enough squad, that’s for sure,” Zi­dane said. “If we’re not able to sign any­one we’ve got the num­bers in the squad and there are four of five who weren’t here to­day.

“We’ve got young play­ers and oth­ers who’ve got the ex­pe­ri­ence. The most im­por­tant thing is the group and our squad has got depth to it.” — Dai­ly­mail.

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