Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hopes Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo to play in big games against Lyon in the rival groups last 16 Champions League on Wednesday, despite a thigh injury recently. "I'm very confident he will play, but I do not like when players are not 100 percent," Mourinho said in a press conference yesterday.
"If Cristiano should play tomorrow, he will not play because he was not in great shape, but I'm sure he will play later Wednesday after practice Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday."
Ronaldo, 26, was forced to leave the pitch in the 76th minute when Real against Malaga on March 3 after injuring his left thigh muscle.
Mourinho has decided to exclude strikers when rivals Hercules face Real in La Liga this week in the hope that the attackers had fully recovered and fit for the match later Wednesday with a ticket to the quarterfinals in Paris.
Lyon managed to 1-1 tie at Real Stade Gerland last week, means that both teams have equal chances in the second round at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real are also nine-time champions could not reach the last group of 16 teams in six seasons ago, and Lyon 2-1 Real rid of this stage of the competition last year.