Cicinho boost for Real

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Real Madrid have been boosted by the return of Cicinho to training.

The Brazilian defender has missed the last five months of the season after damaging knee ligaments against Real Betis.

The ex-Sao Paulo full-back is now back training with his colleagues following a month of muscle strengthening with the club's physios.

Cicinho is not expected to return to action this month, although the early prognosis indicates a playing return in April.

That means the 26-year-old may feature against Celta Vigo on April 1st as Real look to exert pressure on leaders Barcelona and Sevilla.