Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Champions League final, says Zinedine Zidane
Last Updated: 08/05/18 4:03pm
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Ronaldo picked up an ankle injury and was withdrawn at half-time during Sunday's El Clasico encounter with Barcelona.
Zidane also confirmed that Isco and Dani Carvajal will have recovered in time for the final on May 26.
"They are all going to arrive at the Champions League final," Zidane said.
"The worst is Cristiano, because it's just happened, but he's fine.
"Isco will train with us normally and Carvajal has a little way to go, but physically he is working well."
Ronaldo drew Real Madrid level at 1-1 as he continued his stunning goal-scoring form, netting for the 21st time in 12 La Liga appearances.
However, he damaged his ankle in the process of converting Karim Benzema's knockdown and was withdrawn at the break, leaving Gareth Bale to rescue a 2-2 draw.
Before the final, Madrid have three more La Liga fixtures and Zidane is hopeful his leading scorer will be back in time to face Villareal on the final day of the Spanish season.
"It's incredible that he's already walking after 48 hours," Zidane continued.
"That shows his ambition, his desire to want to play. It would be perfect if he was able to play against Villarreal.
"It's a sprain, but there's not damage to the fibula. The ankle is stable."
There was contrasting news for Liverpool earlier on Tuesday, as Joe Gomez was ruled out of the Kiev clash and possibly from the World Cup too.
The defender joins Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip as confirmed absentees for the final, while Emre Can's participation remains in doubt due to a back injury.