Cristiano Ronaldo set to perform in Real Madrid’s opener


Cristiano Ronaldo has faced injuries all summer, even leading up to the World Cup with the tendinosis issue, but Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed that his superstar player could probably make his 2014 league debut in Los Blancos opener vs. Cordoba CF.

The Portugal international has lately fallen victim to a leg strain that kept him limited in the Spanish Super Cup. Ronaldo did journey with his team during the preseason tour of the United States, the main purpose of the trip revolved around the International Champions Cup. Ronaldo was ruled out of the most notable game of the U.S. series when Real battled Manchester United at Michigan Stadium in front of a sell-out crowd.

Since then, a full recovery for the 29-year-old has been a priority, but in the middle of a constant preseason schedule, Ancelotti understands why Ronaldo hasn’t enjoyed full fitness often.

“He’s had this problem because his preseason was not very regular,” Ancelotti said, via ESPN FC. “He needed individual work to solve the problem with his tendon, which is very well solved because there’s no trouble with it anymore. And that was the most important thing.

“Next week we have a whole week to train and we have to make the most of it,” Ancelotti said. “It will be good for [Ronaldo] to work to improve his conditioning.”