Sunday 24 February 2019

'Ronaldo will be fit'

Injury: Cristiano Ronaldo
Injury: Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo will have recovered from his ankle injury in time to face Liverpool in the Champions League final later this month.

The club's all-time record goalscorer was replaced at half-time during Sunday's 2-2 Clasico draw with Barcelona after being injured while scoring his side's first equaliser.

Real have not announced how long they expect the Portugal star to be sidelined for, but Zidane says Ronaldo - and fellow walking wounded Isco and Dani Carvajal - will be fine to face Jurgen Klopp's Reds on May 26.

He told a press conference to preview tonight's LaLiga clash with Sevilla: "They are all going to arrive at the Champions League final. The worst is Cristiano, because it's just happened, but he's fine.

Zidane added: "It's incredible that he's already walking after 48 hours. That shows his ambition, his desire to want to play. It would be perfect if he was able to play against Villarreal. It's a sprain, but there's not damage to the fibula. The ankle is stable."

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