MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Saturday's friendly in Michigan against his former club Manchester United yet the La Liga side are hoping he will be fit for the European Super Cup.
The Portugal captain & World Player of the Year has been hampered by a left knee problem in recent months & was clearly below his best at the World Cup in Brazil, where the Portuguese failed to progress beyond the group stage.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is doing individual work & the plan is continue with the programme & on Aug. 5 he will train with the team again," Carlo Ancelotti, the coach of the European champions, told a news conference previewing the match at the University of Michigan stadium.
p> Ancelotti added that he was counting on Ronaldo recovering in time for the European Super Cup against Real's La Liga rivals & Europa League winners Sevilla in Cardiff on Aug. 12.
The game against United is part of the International Champions Cup friendly tournament.
Real lost their opening two Group A matches against Serie A sides Inter Milan & AS Roma respectively & Ancelotti said he & the players were determined to put on a satisfactory show despite already being eliminated.
"There are never any friendly games against Manchester (United), & less so in a stadium like this," Ancelotti said.
"We have to complete this tour off in the best way possible," added the Italian.
"We are proud to play this match & we want to complete well before playing the Super Cup."
Real commence their La Liga campaign on Aug. 25 at home to promoted Cordoba.
The first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against city rivals Atletico Madrid is at Real's Bernabeu stadium on Aug. 19 & the return is at the Calderon on Aug. 22.
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