MADRID/LONDON: Real Madrid are confident that Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for the Champions League Final in Kiev on May 26 but the holders’ rivals, Liverpool, will be without defender Joe Gomez.
Ronaldo limped out of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona in El Clasico at half-time at the weekend but Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has calmed fears he would miss the showpiece because of an ankle injury.
Zidane says he believes Ronaldo – and fellow walking wounded Isco and Dani Carjaval – will be fine to face Jurgen Klopp’s Reds on May 26.
He told a press conference to preview Wednesday’s La Liga clash with Sevilla: “They are all going to arrive at the Champions League final. The worst is Cristiano, because it’s just happened, but he’s fine. “Isco will train with us normally and Carvajal has a little way to go, but physically he is working well.”
Gomez, Liverpool’s England defender, will miss the final and also the World Cup after having to undergo ankle surgery.
He picked up the ankle problem on duty for England against Holland but played through the pain against both West Bromwich and Stoke with manager Jurgen Klopp struggling for options through injuries.
He joins a lengthy Liverpool injury list which includes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Joel Matip (thigh), who also had their campaigns ended prematurely.
Emre Can, who may have already played his last game for Liverpool, has not played since mid-March because of a back injury while Adam Lallana has struggled for most of the season with injury problems.