Cristiano Ronaldo is in line for a place in Real Madrid’s match-day squad for their Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City after the Portuguese star resumed training on Sunday with his teammates.
Ronaldo was initially expected to recover from a hamstring injury to face City in last week’s goalless first leg at Etihad Stadium but that was not to be even as the three-time Ballon d’Or winner also sat out Saturday’s 1-0 Liga win at Real Sociedad.
At the moment, Coach Zinedine Zidane has expressed tentative confidence Ronaldo can recover in time even though he was also quick to state that he would not push his lethal striker too far if he is seen to not to be fit enough.
But on Sunday, Madrid posted a tweet featuring pictures of Zidane’s squad in training, including one of Ronaldo running.
👉 We’ve started to prepare for the Manchester City match.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) May 1, 2016
“We’ve started to prepare for the Manchester City match,” the tweet read. “Cristiano has returned to train on the pitch.”
Ronaldo boasts an outstanding record of 16 goals in 10 Champions League outings this season and the former Manchester United star has five career goals versus City – never finishing on the losing side when finding the net against the Premier League club.