Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted the Champions League’s top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Saturday’s final against Atletico Madrid despite a persistent thigh injury.
Zidane confirmed Ronaldo didn’t play in a practice match on Saturday as a precaution.
The three-time World Player of the Year also came off at half-time of Real’s final La Liga game of the season — having scored twice in the first-half to take his tally for the season to 51 — at Deportivo la Coruna 10 days ago.
“There will be no problem. He felt something on Saturday when we had a game between us and he didn’t play as a precaution,” Zidane said on Tuesday.
“He will be ready for Saturday and I think we are in good shape physically.”
However, there isn’t such good news for French defender Raphael Varane as Zidane confirmed he will miss Saturday’s final and his participation at Euro 2016 is now in jeopardy due to a hamstring injury.
“It is sure that he will be injured for Saturday,” added Zidane.
“I expect he will be out for two or three weeks. I hope for him it isn’t as severe as anticipated.
“I hope he’ll have the chance to do something at the Euros.”
Varane was unlikely to start at the San Siro in Milan in any case with captain Sergio Ramos and Pepe Zidane’s preferred central defensive partnership.
Zidane will therefore have his first-choice starting 11 fully-fit with the on-form Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema set to join Ronaldo in attack.
An 11th European Cup would cap a sensational start to Zidane’s senior management career having turned around Real’s fortunes with 21 wins from 26 games since replacing the sacked Rafael Benitez in January.