The Real Madrid star had been a doubt heading into the Champions League semi-final first leg and will miss the match despite being passed fit by Zinedine Zidane previously Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to shake off a thigh strain and missesReal Madrid’s Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with Manchester Cityon Tuesday night.
The Portuguese star sat out the weekend win over Rayo Vallecano with a thigh problem – the first La Liga or European match he has missed this season – but was described as “100 per cent” fit by manager Zinedine Zidane.
But he does not make the starting XI at the Etihad Stadium after failing a late fitness test and will have to wait another week to try and equal his own record of goals scored in a single Champions League season (17).
Karim Benzema, who has scored every 120 minutes in Europe this season, limped off after 42 minutes in the match against Rayo, but his substitution was merely a precaution and he is back in the side, with Lucas Vazquez filling in for Ronaldo.
For Man City, Kevin De Bruyne returns to Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI after being rested in the comprehensive victory over Stoke City at the weekend, while skipper Vincent Kompany is passed fit to play and lines up alongside Nicolas Otamendi.
Manchester City: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Fernando; Navas, Silva, De Bruyne; Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Mangala, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Delph, Sterling, Iheanacho.
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Vazquez. Subs: Casilla, Varane, James, Kovacic, Jese, Isco, Danilo.