By Guest Writer Thomas Rooney
Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo is targeting a return to action against AC Milan in the Champions League next week. The former Manchester United man has been sidelined recently with an ankle injury, but has set a date on his comeback.
Speaking to the Spanish press, he said that the AC Milan game is a ‘very important’ one for the team, so he'll do all he can ’to be there’. Ronaldo is clearly determined to return to the Real Madrid team and mentally, he seems ready.
However, whether his injury will hold up is another matter. He says that it is clear that he ‘cannot risk’ coming back into the fold too early. The last thing Real Madrid want is for Ronaldo to worsen the problem by playing before he is ready.
Reports suggest that he has returned to training and played a full part in the sessions he has been a part of. The decision about whether he is ready for AC Milan though may well be made at the last minute. Considering the way he has played so far this season though, they will give him as much time as he needs to prove his fitness.
There is no doubt that Madrid have missed Ronaldo since he has been out after the midfielder made a huge impact on proceedings in the first few La Liga games of the season. The player himself mentions that he wants to return to ‘help my teammates’.
This doesn’t mean that Real Madrid are a one man team, but does emphasise how important he is to them already. They have lost to AC Milan, drawn with Sporting Gijon and have been humiliated by minnows Alcorcon during Ronaldo’s spell on the sidelines and this tells its own story.
Hopefully for Madrid though, their star man will be back next week as they look to start picking up a few more positive results in the lead up to the Christmas break.
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