Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes his side can now count themselves as equals when facing Real Madrid in the last La Liga derby at Atletico's Vicente Calderon stadium on Saturday.
Coach Zinedine Zidane picked the France striker for the Spanish league match at Vicente Calderon Stadium, but he didn't reveal if he will start Benzema or place him in the reserves. "I'm happy to have him back - he's ready to play from the start so we'll see tomorrow whether he'll be in the line-up or not", said the French coach.
The return of Benzema is timely for Real, who lost fellow centre forward Alvaro Morata for up to a month to a hamstring injury sustained during Spain's 2-2 draw with England on Tuesday.
"Real may have beaten Atletico in the last three years in the Champions League but we don't feel they have the upper hand".
Atletico Madrid, which lost 2-0 at Real Sociedad before the worldwide break, is expected to have key man Antoine Griezmann available after he picked up a foot injury while on global duty with France.
"Being six points adrift of Real Madrid at this stage of the season in the fourth spot, it doesn't really match the expectations that we had ahead of the season, especially after the investment they made".
Six points behind Real Madrid are Atletico and they will view this fixture as a must win, as a loss would put them nine points behind their city neighbours.
Although Ramos has recovered from the knee injury he sustained on worldwide duty at the beginning of October, it will be a considerable risk to throw him in from the start.
"For me the greatest player is Ryan Giggs", Bale said.
Atletico will most likely come out with their usual 4-4-2.
Two of the world's best talents go up against one another for the first time since this summer's Euro 2016 final.
Gabi added: "With one look or gesture he's able to speak to any player, and that's why at the moment the most important thing for this club is the fact that we have Simeone with us".
Morata has been in fine form since returning to Madrid from Juventus.
"As always it is a great stadium with great fans, but the Madrid players are used to playing in all hostile and hard atmospheres", added Zidane.
"It would be complicated for us to win the league if they beat us".