Advantage Madrid? Ronaldo returns to training after injury ahead of Champions League semi

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury and could be fit to face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has not featured since April 20, but could return for the second leg having missed last week's 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

"Every Champions League match feels like the first," Ronaldo told the club's website. "And Real Madrid's priority is to win.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo stands in the crowd as a spectator during the first leg. AFP

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo stands in the crowd as a spectator during the first leg. AFP

"We know it will be a tough challenge, but everything is possible."

The 31-year-old Portuguese trained with his team mates during the first half of Sunday's session before working out on the pitch alone.

"Manchester City are in the semi-finals because they are an excellent team," Ronaldo added.

"Eliminating Paris St Germain is not easy, but they managed it. They're a team who have very few flaws."

Striker Karim Benzema also continued his recovery from a hamstring injury and Alvaro Arbeloa - who has not played since early April - completed some running exercises.

Ronaldo leads the Champions League scoring charts with 16 goals this season, including a hat-trick in the quarter-final second-leg victory over Wolfsburg.

"We had to win by three goals and I scored all three," Ronaldo said.

"It was a special night. It needed to be the perfect evening and it was."


Published Date: May 02, 2016 05:22 pm | Updated Date: May 02, 2016 05:22 pm


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