Ronaldo boost for Real

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May 04, 2016
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) works out with teammates during a training session at the team's Valdebebas training ground in Madrid yesterday.

MADRID (AP):

Real Madrid will be boosted by Cristiano Ronaldo's return and the likely absence of two key Manchester City players when they try to reach yet another Champions League final on Wednesday.

Ronaldo returns after missing three straight games because of a leg injury, including the 0-0 first-leg draw in Manchester last week. The Portugal forward leads the Champions League with 16 goals, one shy of the record he set in the 2013-14 season.

"Cristiano is fine, he is at 100 percent," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "He trained and will be there tomorrow."

Madrid will also be lifted by the likely absence of Yaya Toure and David Silva because of injuries.

Zidane said Madrid has an obligation to reach the final.

"It's going to be difficult, but if we don't advance it will be a failure," he said.

Another edge for Madrid comes from Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where they have crushed all-comers this season, winning 20 of 23 matches in all competitions. In the Champions League, they have won all five home games by outscoring opponents 18-0.

City defender Eliaquim Mangala, one of the men in charge of stopping Ronaldo today said the scoreless draw in the first leg was not a bad result considering the team's success in away games.

"We defended very well and didn't concede an away goal which was very important for us," Mangala said.

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