Real Madrid forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will both be monitored ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City, but manager Zinedine Zidane is hopeful of having both players available for the tie. Ronaldo missed the clash after failing a late fitness test while Benzema went off at half time following the recurrence of a hamstring injury.
Both players will be tested ahead of the second game on 5 May, a game Real must win if they are to remain on course to win a record 11th European Cup. Joe Hart saved from Casemiro and Pepe late on as City grabbed a valuable goalless draw which could prove critical ahead of the return match at the Bernabeu.
City however missed the opportunity to take advantage of Ronaldo's absence, which came after Zidane claimed the two-time world footballer of the year was 100% fit for the game. The hosts mustered just one shot on target during the 90 minutes, and they may rue the missed opportunity with Real ready to recall their central attacking duo.
"I said they were were 100% but I said that we still had one training session to go," Zidane told reporters when asked about Ronaldo and Benzema's fitness. "After the training Cristiano said that he felt something. That's why he didn't play, we didn't want to make things worse. "I hope he is back with us. That is the idea. We will look to do everything as well as we can and have him back for the return."
"Karim it was a little bit different. But at the end of the day with the games coming up he felt something. It is a pity. He wanted to play, but he felt that same issue again. We will have to see what happens with Karim."
Madrid face Real Sociedad on Saturday [30 April], a game which if they win could see Zidane's side temporarily go top of La Liga before Atletico Madrid and Barcelona play later. Ronaldo and Benzema, both of whom have muscle injuries, could miss the game however which would hand a huge boost to their domestic rivals.