Zidane confirms Real star Ronaldo is fit to face Manchester City
Cristiano Ronaldo is fit to face Manchester City in Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday.
The former Manchester United forward has missed Real’s last three games – including the goalless draw in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium last week – with a thigh injury.
But he returned to training on Sunday and has since played a full part in training ahead of Wednesday’s second clash at the Bernabeu, leaving head coach Zinedine Zidane convinced he is ready to return.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Zidane said: "Cristiano is okay. He is 100 per cent. He trained this morning [Tuesday] and he will be there tomorrow."
The Portugal international is the top scorer in this season’s Champions League with 16 goals from 10 appearances and his return for Wednesday’s second leg would represent a huge boost for Real.
Prior to his injury, Ronaldo had played every minute in this season’s La Liga, scoring 31 times in the process.
The game comes too soon for fellow striker Karim Benzema and midfielder Casimero, though, as they are not fit and will not be risked.
Benzema has a hamstring problem and Casimero picked up a knock in the 1-0 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday.