Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury and could be fit to face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.
Ronaldo has not featured since April 20, but could return for the second leg having missed last week’s 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium.Cristiano Ronaldo completed Monday’s training session with Real Madrid as he stepped up his bid to be fit for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City.However, the Portugal captain was back in training on Sunday, participating with his team-mates for the first half before working individually for the remainder, and he was able to take full part in Monday’s session.
While the news about Ronaldo looks promising for Madrid, it is less clear whether his fellow forward Karim Benzema will be able to feature against City.The France international was replaced at half-time in the first leg against City with a hamstring problem and he was limited to running apart from the rest of the group on Monday.Madrid midfielder Casemiro, meanwhile, worked inside after picking up a knock against Sociedad.
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Ronaldo, meanwhile, has admitted that he and his team-mates ‘feel more appreciated’ since Zinedine Zidane took over.He told UEFA:”I think we feel more appreciated under Zidane. We feel his affection, we know he’s in a period of adaptation, but things have come together very quickly and I’m really happy for him. ‘I always admired him as a player, and now as a coach as well, for how behaves, how he deals with the players. He’s a coach who I would like to see stay at Real Madrid”.Speaking about Manchester city,he says “Manchester City are in the semi-finals because they are an excellent team,” Ronaldo added. “Eliminating Paris St Germain is not easy, but they managed it. They’re a team who have very few flaws”.