Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo Misses Second Day Of Training

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo missed his 2nd day of training and questions are now ramping up about if he will be able to play in Saturday’s La Liga Clasico against Barcelona.

“Cristiano Ronaldo worked separately from the group, while Luca [Modric] also trained alone out on the pitch as he continues his recovery process” a team statement said.

Ronaldo admitted to having felt some pain in his calf following a crunching foul by Gremio captain Geromel during Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi.

“I felt an issue in my calf in the second half, but I kept playing,” Ronaldo said after the match (h/t ESPN FC). “For sure on Saturday I will be fine.”

The statement also said Karim Benzema has returned to group training after missing the previous day’s session.

“Real Madrid were in training again as they continue to prepare for El Clasico,” the statement said. “The Whites continued to fine tune details ahead of Saturday’s game against Barcelona (1pm CET), where they will look to end the five-title winning year with a victory in front of their fans. Zidane called up academy players [Alvaro] Tejero, Moha and [Diego] Altube for the session. The main focus of the session was ball work at a high intensity. Benzema joined the group as they carried out different possession and pressing exercises and played several matches in small spaces.”