Ancelotti – ‘Cristiano Ronaldo could face Barcelona’

Real Madrid boss says star man Cristiano Ronaldo could feature against Barcelona on Wednesday.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has played down Cristiano Ronaldo’s current injury problems, and says he could feature against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey final on Wednesday.

Ronaldo missed Madrid’s 4-0 win against Real Sociedad last weekend, and also pulled out of the squad just minutes before their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Real forward has scored 45 goals already this season in competitions for club and country, more than any other player in European football.

His manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Ronaldo will not be fit enough for Real’s league game with Almería this weekend, but would not rule out a return against Barcelona next week.

“He’s not available for the game tomorrow. He was initially injured against Borussia Dortmund, then later he aggravated it again warming up in training.” Ancelotti said at a UEFA press conference.

“I think that we may have him back for the final, but we’re not going to take any risks. If he’s not right, he won’t play.

“We think there’s a possibility of him playing in the final of the Copa del Rey, as it isn’t a serious injury.”

Ancelotti was speaking after Madrid drew holders Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League on Friday. Madrid will take on old rival in Pep Guardiola, who managed Barcelona for four seasons and had many a famous encounter with the Bernabéu club.

Madrid are still in with a shout of three trophies this season in the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa Del Rey. Real sit three points behind neighbours Atletico Madrid in their domestic league, and take on Barcelona in the final of the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.

The Spanish giants will be hoping Cristiano Ronaldo recovers sooner rather than later, as they bid for multiple trophies in the coming weeks, particularly for the pursuit of the famous 10th European title.

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