Cristiano Ronaldo Won't Play...


Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo won't play in the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla on Aug. 9, and could miss the league opener against Real Sociedad 12 days later.

The 31-year-old  Ronaldo,is still recovering from the knee injury which saw him stretchered off during the Euro 2016 final on July 10 between eventual winners Portugal and hosts France.The forward has taken plenty of pre-season snaps in the gym as he enjoys his extended holiday, but is yet to join Real Madrid training ahead of the new season.

Zidane says Ronaldo needs at least a month of rehab for the injury and additional time to get prepared for the upcoming season.Zidane was also optimistic about the trio of James Rodriguez, Luka Modric, and Sergio Ramos -- all of whom were given time off after international duty this summer -- saying they had all nearly caught up with the main group in terms of fitness, though they may sit out Saturday's match.

"Right now, what they're doing is exactly the same as the other players; the same type of training and they're following the same plan," said Zidane. "Saturday morning, they'll train again, and then in the afternoon we'll see if they're able to play. The idea that we have is for all of them to be available on Aug. 9, for the Super Cup. And to be ready on Aug. 9, they definitely have to play on Aug. 3 in the last game of the ICC."

As for goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Zidane said the player was recovering well from the Achilles tendon injury that kept him out of this summer's Copa America, but was unsure if he would return in time for the Super Cup.

"I can't really speak about the [Super Cup] because we don't know, but it does look tough," he said. "When [Navas] returns to Europe he needs to go see the doctor that operated on him and continue the rehab plan."
If Navas doesn't recover in time, Zidane is confident that backup Kiko Casilla will step up.

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