In the latest Real Madrid news, manager Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo will be available for the Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev on May 26.
Portugal international Ronaldo, who will spearhead his country’s challenge for the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer, was substituted at half-time in Sunday’s El Clasico against Barcelona after picking up an ankle injury.
It was feared the 33-year-old, who scored in the 2-2 draw before being taken off, had sustained heavy damage, leaving doubts over his availability for the Champions League final in 18 days’ time.
However, Zidane, whose future at the Santiago Bernabeu still remains uncertain after a disappointing domestic campaign, has eased fears over the forward’s fitness ahead of the clash in Ukraine.
“What’s incredible is that he (Ronaldo) is walking after 48 hours and it shows his ambition, but I don’t know if he’ll be available for Villarreal,” he said at a press conference.
“Everyone [including Dani Carvajal and Isco] will be available for the [Champions League] final, I’m telling you, 150%.”
Madrid are aiming to lift the trophy for the third consecutive year and they are 8/11 favourites with Betfair to do exactly that, whilst Liverpool are 11/10 outsiders to win the tournament for the first time since 2005.
Zidane did reveal Ronaldo is unlikely to feature in the remaining La Liga matches of the season, meaning Wales international Gareth Bale is likely to get some game-time in those encounters.
Madrid, who are three points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid ahead of the clash at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, play host to Celta Vigo in their penultimate La Liga game of the campaign before travelling to Villarreal on the last day.