Madrid: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will miss his side’s visit to Rayo Vallecano today to ensure he will be fit for their Champions League semi-final, first leg at Manchester City on Tuesday.

Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo
Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo

The club confirmed on Friday that Ronaldo suffered a thigh strain in Real’s 3-0 win over Villarreal on Wednesday.

"He won’t play against Rayo. He’ll stay at home and we’ll see for the next game," Zidane said. "He wanted to play, but he knows that it isn’t possible. We’ve had to put the brakes on him and he knows his mind has to be on Manchester City. I don’t think he is shattered at the end of the season, I think he is in good shape and it is an anecdote that in one move this type of thing can happen."

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