Madridistas, Rejoice: Cristiano Ronaldo Returns to Training This Week

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This morning’s Marca reads “The Cannon is Ready.” He’s baaack … ?

Three days until Real Madrid’s make-or-break second-leg matchup against Manchester City at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu and CR7 – you know, that guy who netted a hat-trick in Madrid’s 3-0 remontada vs. Wolfsburg – is back in training with the squad. Yesterday, he participated with the rest of team in the first training session following Madrid’s weekend win over Real Sociedad.

Ronaldo has missed three matches since limping off the field in the final minutes of Madrid’s 3-0 win over Villarreal on April 20. There’s been a pervasive silence surrounding his torn hamstring and accompanying recovery timeline, but barring any last-second setbacks, he looks to be good to go for Wednesday. Breathe easy, madridistas.

In other news, CR7’s elated smile seems to go beyond recovery relief. He was recently quoted saying that Madrid stars feel “more appreciated under Zidane.

“We feel his affection. We know he’s in a period of adaptation, but things have come together very quickly and I’m really happy for him. I always admired him as a player, and now as a coach as well, for how he behaves, how he deals with his players. He’s a coach who I would like to see stay at Real Madrid.”

Oh how we love you, Zizou.

Get psyched for some crucial Champions League play this week, fam, kicking off tomorrow when Atlético de Madrid faces Bayern Munich away.