Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Galatasaray, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.
Speaking at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference, the Italian also announced that Raphael Varane will be given 12 days’ rest as he recovers from the knee problem which led to an operation earlier this year.
“Yesterday we had a meeting with the medical staff and the player,” Ancelotti said of Varane, who has endured an injury-hit season. “He needs a period of recuperation to rest his knee. He won’t play for 12 days. We hope that the knee doesn’t become inflamed during this period.” Ancelotti also ruled out Varane undergoing further surgery: “He needs to rest, nothing else.”
Cristiano was substituted early in the second half of Madrid's Liga BBVA win over Almería at the weekend after picking up a strain in his left thigh, and the Real boss said: “Cristiano can’t play on Wednesday. He has suffered a small problem and on Wednesday he starts work on the training pitch. We’ll see if he’s available for Saturday [against Real Valladolid].
"It’s a muscle strain, and he’s confident that he’ll be able to play on Saturday. If there is a risk of injury, he won’t. He won’t play in the Copa del Rey either, because he’s suspended.” The Italian revealed that Cristiano’s position could be occupied by Jesé Rodríguez or Ángel di María.
Real Madrid squad to face Galatasaray on Wednesday: Casillas, Diego López y Jesús, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa y Nacho, Bale, Xabi Alonso, Casemiro, Di María, Isco, Illarra y José Rodríguez, Benzema, Jesé and Morata.