Bonucci returns to Juventus training

Eight days before its Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid, Juventus has been boosted by Leonardo Bonucci's return to training.

Leonardo Bonucci in action for Juventus   -  Getty Images

Leonardo Bonucci has returned to Juventus training after two weeks out with an ankle injury, the Serie A champion has confirmed.

The centre-back had to be replaced before half-time in Juve's 2-1 win over Lazio on January 27 after being hurt earlier in the game.

Juve's initial medical update said he had suffered from a sprain to his right ankle, while reports claimed he was looking at up to a month out.

That put him in real doubt of facing Atletico Madrid in Juve's Champions League last-16 first leg on February 20.

However, he was able to take part in Juve's entire training session on Tuesday, suggesting he could yet win his race to be fit for the trip to Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini and Douglas Costa all underwent "personalised training" away from the main group, with the latter said to be showing good signs of progress in his recovery from a thigh problem.

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