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Ronaldo back in action for Real Madrid

Ronaldo was to play his first match for almost a month when Real Madrid hosted Espanyol in the Spanish league on Saturday.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 16:50 IST
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Ronaldo was to play his first match for almost a month when Real Madrid hosted Espanyol in the Spanish league on Saturday.

The Brazil striker, who suffered a recurrence of a right calf injury on Jan 8, was included in an 18-man squad for Madrid's attempt to cut FC Barcelona's lead in the standings to 10 points. "Today Ronie is back. Simply, the best center forward in the world is back," Madrid president Florentino Perez was quoted as saying by sports daily As on Saturday.

Madrid has won all their six league and Copa del Rey games since Ronaldo was absent, rising from sixth to third place in the league and reaching the semi-finals of the knockout competition. Injuries have sidelined Ronaldo for eight of Madrid's 21 league games this season. Injury and suspension have also combined to keep him out of all six of his team's Champions League group matches.