Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale returned to training with Real Madrid earlier this week giving manager Zinedine Zidane a useful boost ahead of tonight’s match against Villarreal.

The attacking pair were missing on Sunday for the team’s trip to Espanyol but the team managed well without them with goals from James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema securing a record-equalling 16th consecutive La Liga win.

In Zidane’s pre-match conference on Tuesday he confirmed that both players are well and have been training as normal, describing them both as being at “100 percent”.

Since Ronaldo injured his knee in the Euro 2016 final he has made just two appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions. On Sunday he was ruled out of the trip to the Estadi Cornella-El Prat due to the flu.

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Bale was missing as a result of the hip injury he picked up in last Tuesday’s impressive Champions League victory over Sporting Lisbon.

However, it is expected that both will be available this evening when Villarreal visit the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid have now matched the 16 game winning streak achieved by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in 2010/11 and the team will now be looking to go one better and at the same time make their impressive start to the season even more impressive.

With the match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid happening this evening as well, even at this early stage of the season it is likely to be a vital match and a fifth straight victory for Real Madrid could do much to help them on their way to their first La Liga title in five seasons.

The teams have a fairly balanced history in recent times but at their last meeting in April Real Madrid pulled off a convincing 3 – 0 victory and will be looking to repeat that performance.