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Nov 14, 2012

Ronaldo set to return against Bilbao

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return for Real Madrid's La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, although the eye injury suffered during last weekend's win at Levante was still affecting his vision 48 hours after the incident.

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Ronaldo was ruled out of Portugal's friendly in Gabon this week due to the facial injury, which was caused by a stray elbow from Levante defender David Navarro and led to "dizzy spells, problems with his vision and a headache" after the game, according to Portuguese FA doctor Henrique Jones.

The player, who according to Spanish paper AS was still unable to open his left eye fully and is considering some small cosmetic surgery to remove any scarring, told his Twitter followers on Tuesday that he appreciated their support and was on the mend.

"Thanks for the messages received over the last few days," Ronaldo tweeted. "I am feeling better and hope to return to 100%."

In other positive team news for Madrid fans Sami Khedira and Karim Benzema are also expected to be available for Saturday's game.

A statement on Madrid's website on Tuesday said both players were making progress on their respective recent injuries, and had trained along with those team-mates not on international duty this week under the watchful eye of coach Jose Mourinho that morning.

"Midfielder Khedira is back to working at the same pace as his team-mates," it said. "Benzema, continuing with his recovery process, trained on the sidelines at Valdebebas."

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