Real Madrid have not won La Liga since Gareth Bale joined them in 2013

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale could return from injury for Sunday’s El Clasico against Barcelona as they look to close in on a first La Liga title since 2012.

The Wales forward, 27, has missed the last two matches with a muscle injury but returned to training on Thursday.

Barca are without forward Neymar, who is serving a suspension after being sent off against Malaga on 8 April.

Real, who have one game in hand, lead second-placed Barca, champions for the past two years, by three points.

A home win at the Bernabeu would send Zinedine Zidane’s side six points clear of Barca, who have five games left after Sunday. It would also give the European champions the head-to-head advantage – which is used to separate teams level on points in Spain.

Luis Enrique’s side are looking to bounce back against their bitter rivals after being knocked out of the Champions League quarter-final by Juventus in midweek – the second successive season they have failed to reach the semi-finals.

This is Enrique’s last El Clasico in charge of Barcelona after the 46-year-old announced in March he was stepping down at the end of the season.

Barca are in the final of the Copa del Rey but Enrique knows that even if his side beat Alaves on 27 May, it will be scant consolation if they fail to win La Liga following another disappointing European campaign.


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