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
Monday 02 December 2013
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
Latest in Sport
- 1 'Natural' energy drink banned for containing erectile dysfunction drug
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Dylan Tombides: West Ham confirm 20-year-old striker has died after battle with cancer
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Angus Steakhouse: How does tourist staple continue to thrive in today's gourmet market?
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave