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Real Madrid star plays down injury fears ahead of Champions League final

After suffering a scare in training on Tuesday, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has downplayed the seriousness of his knock.

Videos and images quickly surfaced on social media after the incident, with Dani Carvajal nudging his teammate into Kiko Casilla before Ronaldo was left on the ground clutching his leg.

Having trudged off the training field without answering questions, there were fears that the Portuguese international could have been at risk of missing Saturday’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid at the San Siro.

However, speaking after the training session, Ronaldo has now dismissed suggestions that he suffered a serious issue and is confident that he will be in the starting line-up this weekend.

“I am fine. I had a little problem in training, a dead leg as they say here, but tomorrow [Wednesday] or the next day I will be fine. It was a minor scare, a knock,” he told reporters, as noted by Sky Sports.

“I believe I’m in better shape. I’ve had a slight problem but it’s normal as I have been the most used player in the team.

“I think this is the season where I have played the most minutes. Besides the problem of today’s training session, I believe I’m at my best level.”

The 31-year-old has scored 51 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions this season, including 16 in just 11 appearances in the Champions League.

In turn, his presence in Zinedine Zidane’s side will be crucial on Saturday night, and he will be desperate to fully recover from the dead leg in order to avoid any further issues during the rest of the week.

Given Real missed out on the La Liga title on the final day of the season, they will be desperate to now end the season on a positive note with yet another triumph in Europe.

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