Real Madrid are handed a huge boost as their star striker Cristiano Ronaldo is recovering well from his injury and could be fit in time to face Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League fixture at Santiago Bernebeu on Wednesday evening.
The 31-year old Portuguese ace has picked up a hamstring strain during Real’s 3-0 win against Villarreal on 20th April and missed the team’s last three games, including the first leg clash against the Citizens at the Etihad.
It has been confirmed on the club’s official website that Ronaldo had trained with his team mates on Monday, while Benzema was training alone, separate from the group.
Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in this season’s Champions League so far and he will be raring to take the field as he aims to beat his own personal best in the competition of
17 goals during the team’s Decima winning 2013/14 season.
He is reportedly undergoing stem cell treatment in a bid to speed up his recovery, although Portugal’s team doctor has warned that he could aggravate the injury further by rushing his return.
Karim Benzema remains a huge doubt and he has not yet fully recovered from a hamstring injury. With Jese also short of full match fitness, Zidane has called up youngster Borja Mayoral to train with the group.
The holding midfielder Casemiro is another player carrying a knock, but he is expected to start on Wednesday night.
The Los Blancos were held to a goal-less draw by Manchester City in the first and it is anybody’s game when the sides took the field at Santiago Bernebeu. The Citizens are also missing some key names as David Silva and Samir Nasri are injured and are certain to miss the trip to Madrid, while Yaya Toure is a doubt.