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Ronaldo likely to play in must win games for Real Madrid in San Sebastian

English.news.cn   2014-04-04 17:11:12

MADRID, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to play his side's vital BBVA Primera Liga tie away to Real Sociedad on Saturday night.

Ronaldo had been a major doubt for the game after limping out of Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League with 10 minutes remaining on Wednesday night.

He also failed to train along with his team-mates on Thursday as a result of tendonitis in his left knee and instead carried out a session in the gym.

Although Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti had given a message of calm over the injury on Wednesday, this kind of problem usually needs rest in order to prevent it worsening and it had been thought Ronaldo would be rested for Saturday's game.

However, the Madrid press assure he will be able to play in a match Real Madrid have little option other than to win if they are to remain in the race for the league title.

Real Madrid will kick off in Anoeta knowing that is needed of them given that league leaders, Atletico Madrid and second place FC Barcelona play their respective games ahead of their 8pm kick off.

Should Atletico and Barca win their matches then Real Madrid would start their game six points behind Atletico and five behind Barca.

Real Sociedad, who will be without midfielder Xabi Prieto, are currently sixth in the league and still have ambitions of finishing fourth and returning to the Champions League.

Real Sociedad have already beaten Barcelona in their Anoeta Stadium and themselves need a win to stay in touch with fourth placed Athletic Club Bilbao and fifth place Sevilla.

Ancelotti may make some changes to the side with Diego Lopez returning in goal for Iker Casillas, while Angel Di Maria steps into midfield. That would see former Real Sociedad midfielder, Asier Illaramendi drop to the bench against the club he abandoned to join Madrid last summer.

Illaramendi can expect a mixed reception at a ground where Real Madrid are very unpopular and it is doubtful many supporters will forgive the homegrown player's decision to join the side from the capital.

Atletico, who are without the injured Arda Turan and Diego Costa, while captain, Gabi Fernandez is suspended for the visit of Villarreal, while Villarreal have several injuries and young midfielder Oscar Torres can't play as part of his loan agreement from Atletico.

Barcelona should have few problems at home to bottom of the table Betis, although the news of the FIFA sanction which will stop the club making any signings until June 2015 has come as a huge shock.

Barca coach Tata Martino will look to rest players ahead of next week's Champions League quarter-final return leg away to Atletico Madrid and although Leo Messi is almost certain to start, others such as Xavi Hernandez and Dani Alves may be rested, while Gerard Pique is out with a hip injury.

Editor: Yang Yi
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