Zidane: Benzema and Ronaldo ‘100% fit’ for Man City clash

Injuries to both key strikers had raised alarm bells in the past week, but the Merengue trainer is certain he will have the pair back at full fitness for the first leg

Zidane: Benzema and Ronaldo '100% fit' for Man City clash

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are both fit to play against Manchester City on Tuesday, according to Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

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Real Madrid confirm Ronaldo thigh strain injury

Tests have confirmed that the Portuguese star picked up an injury during his side’s 3-0 win over Villarreal, but Los Blancos are unsure how long he will be out for

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Real Madrid have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo has suffered a thigh strain injury, meaning he is now a doubt for their trip to Manchester City in the Champions League next week.

The Portugal star took himself off the pitch towards the end of the 3-0 win over Villarreal on Wednesday, clutching the back of his right leg.

Head coach Zinedine Zidane said he had no concerns that the injury could be a serious one, while Ronaldo himself took to Instagram to announce he was “all good” after the incident.

Madrid have now said that medical tests conducted this week have identified muscle damage, though they are unsure how long Ronaldo will be out of action for.

“After the medical examinations conducted today [Friday] on our player, Cristiano Ronaldo, a the Hospital Universitario Sanitas La Moraleja, he has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his right thigh,” a club statement read.

“His progress will be monitored.”

Ronaldo, who has not missed a minute of La Liga or Champions League football this season, is now likely to be rested for Saturday’s clash against Rayo Vallecano, while he could also miss the first leg of the Champions League semi-final with Manchester City on Tuesday.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos is understood to have spoken to Madrid, but is not concerned that Ronaldo’s place at Euro 2016 could be jeopardised.

“I took care to learn of Ronaldo’s condition,” he told SportTV. “The information I have is that the probability of it being something very serious is small, thankfully.”

Ronaldo leads the race for the Pichichi top-scorer prize in La Liga with 31 goals – one ahead of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez – and has scored 47 in all competitions this season.

Source: goal.com

Where’s Messi? Ronaldo resurgent as Leo misfires in reversal of fortunes

The Portuguese is bang on form for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane’s side chase Champions League and La Liga titles, but the Argentine is struggling amid Barcelona’s problems

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It is quite the role reversal. Not long ago, Lionel Messi was the man on form for Barcelona as Cristiano Ronaldo struggled to make an impact in the big games at Real Madrid. Over the past few weeks, however, everything has changed.

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