Ronaldo Doubt For El Classico


Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt for El Clasico on Saturday after missing two days of Real Madrid training in a row.

Ronaldo is yet to fully recover from a knock on his calf that he picked up in the FIFA Club World Cup final over Gremio last weekend.

The 32-year-old trained alone on Wednesday as the rest of the side worked on pressing and possession drills ahead of this weekend’s big clash in Spain.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo worked separately from the group, while Luca [Modric] also trained alone out on the pitch as he continues his recovery process,’ a club spokesperson said.

Ronaldo admitted after the Club World Cup win on Sunday that he felt pain in his leg but hoped he would recover in time for the game against league leaders Barcelona.

He said: ‘I felt an issue in my calf in the second half, but I kept playing. For sure on Saturday I will be fine.’

Zinedine Zidane’s side are 11 points behind Barcelona in the race for the Spanish title.

One player who could return to the starting line-up is Wales international Gareth Bale.

Bale came off the bench and scored against Al Jazira in the Club World Cup semi-final. He was also used as a substitute in the final.

Karim Benzema, who Bale replaced, did attend Wednesday’s training session after he was given the day off on Tuesday.


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