Ron­aldo on course to face Bay­ern

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Cris­tiano Ron­aldo should be fit to face Bay­ern Mu­nich to­day, ac­cord­ing to Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, but a fi­nal de­ci­sion on whether he will play in the Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nal first leg will be made to­day.

The FIFA World Player of the Year has not played since the be­gin­ning of this month due to knee and ham­string strains but is back in train­ing and will now un­dergo a more vig­or­ous ses­sion on Wed­nes­day morn­ing in­clud­ing sprints which will de­ter­mine whether he does start.

“He has been fine in train­ing and we will have an­other test but it is ob­vi­ous he will play if ev­ery­one is sure that he doesn’t have any prob­lems.

“We are con­fi­dent that he will start but a de­ci­sion will be made to­mor­row,” Ancelotti told a news con­fer­ence.

“If there is a risk for him then he won’t play. This is a tie and so noth­ing will be de­cided here but hope­fully we will take an ad­van­tage into the re­turn leg.”

Ex­cept for a de­feat in the sec­ond leg of their quar­ter-fi­nal tie with Borus­sia Dort­mund, which did not pre­vent them from pro­gress­ing, Real have been in good form in Ron­aldo’s ab­sence with two wins in La Liga and vic­tory last week in the King’s Cup fi­nal against bit­ter ri­vals Barcelona.

Gareth Bale came to the fore in the cup with a fine win­ning goal and he is also fit to play hav­ing over­come a heavy cold.

“He is in good spir­its. He had a small prob­lem yes­ter­day but now he is look­ing for­ward to play­ing. With the game he had against Barca it is log­i­cal that it will have given him more con­fi­dence,” said Ancelotti.

“At the start of the sea­son he was not ready but grad­u­ally he has found his form through train­ing. He has been play­ing well and scor­ing goals and I think that he will con­tinue to progress next sea­son.

“It will also be ben­e­fi­cial for him that he doesn’t have to play in the World Cup.”

Real are now aim­ing for their first Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal since they won the com­pe­ti­tion 12 years ago against Bayer Lev­erkusen in Glas­gow and the pres­sure has been grow­ing on the team to win their tenth crown.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

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