MADRID, Sporting Alert – Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling with his fitness and could miss this weekend’s Champions League finals after failing to complete a training session on Tuesday.
Ronaldo is apparently dealing with a left thigh problem, which could force him out of the European final against Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid at the San Siro in Milan, on Saturday.
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The former Manchester United forward left the game at half-time at Deportivo La Coruna 10 days ago in the final league game of the season for Real Madrid, and was also forced to sit out a practice match on Saturday.
But despite visibly struggling to move freely Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane is insisting Ronaldo will be fit to play in the Champions League final.
“There will be no problem,” Zidane said. “He felt something on Saturday when we had a game between us and he didn’t play as a precaution.
“He will be ready for Saturday and I think we are in good shape physically… in the shape that we must be in.”
Ronaldo admits that he was dealing with a problem after clashes with Dani Carvajal and goalkeeper Kiko Casilla in a mini training scrimmage, but like Zidane, he too is expecting to be fine for the Atletico Madrid.
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“I had a small problem in the training session, a ‘sandwich’ [bocadillo] as they say in Spain,” the three time world player of the year said.
“But tomorrow or the day after I will be fine,” he told reporters.
Ronaldo is hoping to be fit enough to help Real Madrid lift their 11th European title.
Zidane is also full of confidence heading into the clash, but the Frenchman who replaced Rafa Benitez as the head coach of Real Madrid in January, remains cautious.
“Failure is not doing our work, not giving our best,” said Zidane. “In a final everything can happen, for both teams.
“We have to prepare the game as best we can. We have had a bit of time to prepare and then let’s see what happens on Saturday.”