Ancelotti hopeful Ronaldo can play in Copa del Rey final

Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling with a leg muscle and knee injury ahead of the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. 

Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday’s Primera Division game against second-bottom Almeria due to a hamstring injury.

The Portugal forward sat out the second leg of Real’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, with coach Carlo Ancelotti claiming after the match that he was suffering only a minor problem and should be back in time for the weekend.

However, Ronaldo then underwent tests which "detected a muscular injury to his left hamstring", the club said, with reports in Spain suggesting he could be sidelined for around two weeks – which would rule him out of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey final against Barcelona as well as possibly the first leg of the Champions League semi-final the following week.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Ancelotti said: "Cristiano is not available for the game against Almeria.

"He didn’t get injured in Dortmund. He had already picked up a small injury.

"Cristiano could feature in the Copa del Rey final, but we won’t take any risks. I don’t know if he will play on Wednesday. We have to wait and see."