Real Madrid fans are desperate to see Cristiano Ronaldo return to action after his injury in the European Championships this summer.
Two months ago, Ronaldo picked up a knee injury in the final of this summer’s tournament and had to be stretchered off against France as his Portuguese side triumphed. As a result, he’s missed the entire pre-season but has been recently working hard to return to full fitness as soon as possible.
And it sounds as though the superstar is edging closer and closer towards a return to action.
In fact, according to Marca, the 31-year-old has made an arrangement with Zinedine Zidane regarding his playing time in the coming weeks.
The report claims that Ronaldo and Zidane have made a pact regarding how he will be involved in the next couple of matches. They claim that the pair have agreed that he will play 60 minutes against Osasuna this weekend.
If he comes through unscathed, Ronaldo will then play 70 minutes against Sporting in the Champions League a few days later.
But, with the European Champions playing seven games in 22 days, Zidane will have to think carefully how many minutes Ronaldo plays in the coming weeks.
If he is rushed back, Ronaldo may struggle with injuries towards the latter part of the season when matches come thick and fast. Also, Los Blancos have an increased amount of matches this season with them having to play in the World Club Championships in Japan in December, so it’s important than Ronaldo recovers fully from his injury before he starts playing consistently.
However, the forward will always want to play every minute of every match so it may be tough for the French manager to tell him that he has to come and sit on the substitutes bench.
However, it seems Zidane has reasoned with Ronaldo over his game time in the next couple of matches and he will be hoping the three-time Ballon D’Or winner listens to the advice of the doctors.