Raul Meireles returns to first team training

Fenerbahce’s Portuguese international midfielder Raul Meireles returned to first team training today ahead of his sides encounter with Balikesirspor on the weekend.

Ismail Kartal headed todays training session at the Can Bartu facility following last nights 2-1 victory away to Bursaspor.

Meireles has been cleared as fit to play and is available for selection this weekend.

Emre Belözoğlu and Mehmet Topuz were able to participate in light training and are both doubts this the Baslikesirspor clash.

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Fenerbahce slipped down to third place after drawing 1-1 with Eskisehirspor last week. The Istanbul Giants are one point behind leaders Besiktas and second placed Galatasaray.

Balikesirspor sit at the foot of the table with 20 points in 28 games. The struggling side have won just one game away from home this season.