Ron­aldo steps up train­ing ahead of City re­turn

Pakistan Observer - - ECON­OMY WATCH -

MADRID— Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s chances of fac­ing Manch­ester City in the sec­ond leg of Real Madrid’s Cham­pi­ons League semi- fi­nal on Wed­nes­day were boosted as the Por­tuguese took a full part in train­ing on Mon­day.

Ron­aldo has missed Real’s last three games due to a thigh in­jury, but is ex­pected to re­turn against City with the tie finely bal­anced at 0- 0. French striker Karim Ben­zema also stepped up his re­cov­ery from a ham­string strain picked up in the first leg in the hope of be­ing fit to face the English side.

“Ron­aldo and ( Al­varo) Ar­be­loa com­pleted the ses­sion with the group while Ben­zema was out run­ning alone on the pitch,” Madrid said in a state­ment on Mon­day.

Ron­aldo has been in blis­ter­ing form in the Cham­pi­ons League this sea­son, scor­ing 16 goals in 10 ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing a hat- trick in the sec­ond leg of their quar­ter- fi­nal with Wolfs­burg to over­come a 2- 0 first- leg deficit.

How­ever, he ex­pects an­other tight match against City if Madrid are to make it to their 14th Euro­pean Cup fi­nal. “If Manch­ester City have made it to the semi- fi­nals, it’s be­cause they’re an ex­cel­lent team,” Ron­aldo told Madrid’s web­site. “

Knock­ing out PSG is not an easy task, but they man­aged to do it. They are a team with very few weak­nesses.”— AFP

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