Gareth Bale watch out - Cristiano Ronaldo announces he is no longer injured and will return for Real Madrid
Portuguese forward has missed Real's last two matches with a muscle strain
Gareth Bale has scored four goals in his last two Real Madrid appearances in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence, but the £86m Welshman may have to share the goals around again now - Ronaldo has announced that he has recovered from a muscle strain and is ready to return to action.
Ronaldo damaged a hamstring in Real's La Liga match at Almeria on 23 November and missed last week's Champions League win over Galatasaray and Saturday's La Liga success against Real Valladolid, matches in which Bale’s performances have seen him christened as the “Prince of Wales” by Spanish press.
"I no longer have an injury," Ronaldo said at an awards ceremony in Madrid.
"I have been fine for a couple of days," added the 28-year-old, who had been in imperious form before his injury season, scoring 32 goals for club and country.
"We preferred not to push things against Valladolid but I will be there for the next game for sure."
Ronaldo has also scored 14 goals in his last seven appearances before his injury and is the bookmakers’s favourites to lift the Fifa Ballon d'Or when the winner is announced next month. He last won the trophy in 2008.
"I am on good form," Ronaldo said. "It's possible that it is the best start to the season of my career but the past few years have also been very good."
Real's next match is Copa del Rey last 32 , first leg tie at third-tier Olimpic de Xativa on Saturday.
Gareth Bale has scored four goals in his last two Real Madrid appearances
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