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first_imgBarca will be back to full strength for the visit of a Barca will be back to full strength for the visit of a Sporting Gijon side fighting to avoid relegation at the bottom of the table on Saturday with Gerard Pique to return from suspension in central defence. However, Barca could be third by the time they kick-off with Real Madrid in action away at Rayo Vallecano and Atletico Madrid hosting Malaga earlier on Saturday ahead of their Champions League semi-finals in midweek. Cristiano Ronaldo is a major doubt for Reals trip to Vallecas after limping off in stoppage time of their 3-0 win over Villarreal on Wednesday with a minor hamstring problem. The three-time World Player of the Year has been an ever-present for Madrid in La Liga this season, but is unlikely to be risked just three days before Real travel to Manchester City for the first leg of their semi-final. However, with Zinedine Zidanes men in sensational form having won their last eight La Liga games, midfielder Luka Modric believes they have the strength in depth to cope with Ronaldos absence. “We are Real Madrid and we have the squad to fight for the two titles,” said the Croatian. “We have a tough game at Vallecas first and then we will think about the Champions League. We are full of confidence, playing well and we have to continue like this till the end of the season.” However, it is Atletico who appear to have the easiest run-in of the three title contenders with three of their remaining four at home. Atletico have won eight of their last nine with Fernando Torres scoring in five consecutive games for the first time in his career to lead their late season title push. Diego Simeones men will, though, also be without a key player in inspirational central defender Diego Godin as he suffered the recurrence of a hamstring problem in Wednesdays 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao. AFP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more