Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in Real Madrid’s extended squad for Los Blancos’ UEFA Super Cup clash against Manchester United on Tuesday night.
Despite having only just returned to training following an elongated break due to his involvement in the Confederations Cup with Portugal this summer, the 32-year-old will join up with Zinedine Zidane’s men as they head to Macedonia.
United fans hoping of actually seeing Ronaldo take to the pitch for this one should, however, take into account that Zidane will likely not risk his star man with just a few days of pre-season training under his belt. According to Marca, having ten days of training completed before his players take on a first team game is ‘sacred’ to the Bernabeu boss.
With a 24-man party travelling to Skopje, which features many fringe players, including the manager’s son, 19-year-old Luca, it’s a fair assumption Ronaldo may not see any playing time.
This game could potentially be his final chance to face his former club before he hangs up his boots though so the Portuguese may be having a word or two with the boss between now and kick-off.
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Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena