Cristiano Ronaldo ‘could feature against Tottenham’
Jose Mourinho hints he may risk playing Portugal winger in Tuesday night's quarter-final clash in Madrid
Jose Mourinho has revealed he may risk fielding Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.
The Portugal winger has been sidelined with a hamstring complaint and did not feature in Real’s shock 1-0 league defeat by Sporting GijÃƒÂ³n on Saturday.
“Ronaldo can play only if we take a risk,” said Mourinho. “The medical staff have told me he should come back on Saturday against Bilbao.
“If he decides he wants to take a risk and I decide he should take a risk, then we can go past the medical advice and he will play.”
Mourinho will also be without in-form striker Karim Benzema and left-back Marcelo for Tuesday night’s clash at the Bernabeu.
“The medical staff have told me that he can’t play until the weekend and Marcelo also has to be out until the weekend. Benzema could even be out until the return leg against Tottenham.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp hopes his decision not to play Gareth Bale at the weekend will pay dividends when his side face Mourinho’s men in Madrid.
Bale sat out Spurs’ goalless draw with Wigan on Saturday and Redknapp is confident he made the right choice in resting the Wales international.
“I am very hopeful about Gareth,” said Redknapp. “The feeling was if he had have played at Wigan he might have cramped up on his hamstring. So we rested him and hopefully he will be OK for Tuesday.”
Elsewhere, defender William Gallas is likely to sit out Tuesday’s trip with a knee problem and midfielder Steven Pienaar (groin) is also set to miss out.