Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be ready for the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.
Ronaldo was substituted at half-time during Sunday’s draw with Barcelona having taken a knock to the ankle during the first half, raising concerns over his availability for the showpiece final in Kiev.
But Zidane eased those fears Tuesday, saying the club’s leading marksman had only suffered a sprain, and began his recuperation on Monday at the club’s training ground, Goal writes.
“Everyone will be okay for the final – Cristiano, Isco and (Dani) Carvajal,” the Frenchman confirmed to a press conference on Tuesday.
“Cristiano is the one who will be out longest, as it just happened two days ago. But he is good, he’s walking normally.
“Nobody will have any problems for the final, they will all be at 150%.”
The 33-year-old Portuguese will definitely miss Wednesday’s clash with Sevilla and is unlikely to feature next weekend against Celta Vigo, but could make his return for the Blanco’s final Liga match of the season against Villarreal.
“We do not know when he will be back with the group, or if he will be back for Villarreal, but it would be perfect to have everyone ready for that final La Liga game,” Zidane added.
The injury effectively ended any hopes Ronaldo had of catching Lionel Messi in the race for the Pichichi award, as he’s nine strikes behind the Argentine in the race for the top scorer prize.
But he’ll be more than consoled if he leads Los Blancos to an unprecedented third straight Champions League glory in Kiev, a feat last achieved by Bayern Munich from 1974 to 1976.