Ronaldo will return after being rested for Real’s Copa del Rey last 32. AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU
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After watching Barcelona cope ably with the distraction of political tension sweeping across Spain in recent weeks, it is Real Madrid's turn to head into the eye of the storm Sunday when they travel to Girona.Political distractions aside, Real remain in need of the points in Girona in their chase of Barcelona, who travel to Athletic Bilbao Saturday hoping to open up an eight-point lead over their rivals.Barca boss Ernesto Valverde returns to San Mames for the first time since swapping Bilbao for Barcelona in June.Valverde's influence at both Barca and Athletic has been noted in the first few months of the campaign.Atletico Madrid are better-placed just six points back on Barcelona in fourth, but have been dogged by a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal as they await the return of club record signing Diego Costa in January.
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