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Karim Benzema out for Real Madrid but Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale fit

Karim Benzema remains sidelined but all Real Madrid's other galacticos appear available for Sunday evening's La Liga trip to Las Palmas.

Third-placed Madrid travel to in-form Las Palmas on Sunday evening, when they could well be 15 points behind Barcelona and seven adrift of Atletico Madrid, should Barca beat Getafe and Atletico beat Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

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After Tuesday evening's 2-0 Champions League last-16 second leg win at home to Roma, a result which sealed a 4-0 progression to the competition's quarterfinals, the players were given Wednesday off, and then Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Gareth Bale all missed Thursday's group training session.

However, the quartet were all back on the pitch Friday morning at Madrid's Valdebebas facility, with Benzema stepping up his recovery programme, but not yet ready to play a full part in the proceedings, according to a club statement released after training.

"Madrid continue their preparations for Sunday's visit of Las Palmas," the statement said. "Zinedine Zidane had all of his squad available for the session, as well as Borja Mayoral from the academy. The biggest news of the day was the presence of Benzema, who completed running drills and followed an individual exercise program.

Karim Benzema is still not ready to return for Real Madrid this weekend.

"The rest of the group enjoyed a session based largely on ball work. The goalkeepers started with specific training away from the rest of the group, while the outfield players worked on ball control, passing, possession and team pressure.

"That was followed by work on attacking plays, before the session was rounded off with some crossing and shooting."

Earlier on Friday, Benzema moved a step closer to becoming available for Euro 2016 after legal restrictions preventing him from meeting France teammate Mathieu Valbuena were officially lifted by an appeals court.

Madrid are likely to face a stiff test on their first trip to the Estadio Gran Canaria October 2001 -- when a galactico-filled side including Zidane were beaten 4-2 by a Las Palmas lineup featuring ex-Tottenham and Everton midfielder Vinny Samways.

More recently, Quique Setien's UDLP side have climbed to 15th in the current table after three straight victories, with three clean sheets, against Eibar, Getafe and Villarreal.


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