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Monday, January 2, 2006
Fit-again Woodgate returns to Real squad

MADRID, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Centre back Jonathan Woodgate returned to the Real Madrid squad on Monday almost two months after suffering a hamstring tear in his left leg.

The 25-year-old England international, who has been in full training since the team returned from the winter break, was named in the Real squad for Tuesday's King's Cup match at Athletic Bilbao.

Woodgate sustained the injury in a league match against Real Zaragoza on Nov. 6 shortly after returning from an 18-month lay-off following a serious muscle tear in his thigh.

Real's new Brazilian right back Cicinho was also included in the squad for Tuesday's match as was England captain David Beckham who had been struggling with a minor injury niggle following his side's end-of-year friendly against Atletico Madrid.

Defenders Ivan Helguera, Roberto Carlos and Francisco Pavon were all rested, while Ronaldo and Raul miss out through injury and midfielder Pablo Garcia through suspension.

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