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 on the day of the game.
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.
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.
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.