Ronaldo raring to return after injury

Fit-again Cristiano Ronaldo says he will be available for Real Madrid’s next match as he looks to resume what he believes is possibly his best-ever start to a season.

Ronaldo sat out Madrid’s last two matches against Galatasaray and Real Valladolid after sustaining a hamstring injury.

That meant Ronaldo’s stunning goalscoring form this season was put on hold, but the Portugal international is now ready to return.

“I’ve no injury. I’ve been fine for a couple of days now. We decided not to push it in the last game but I’ll be available for the next game for certain,” he said yesterday.

Madrid are next in action against minnows Olimpic Xativa on Saturday in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-32 tie.

Prior to his injury, Ronaldo took his tally to 35 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions this season with the opening goal in the 5-0 win over Almeria, while in the whole of 2013 he has struck 67 times for club and country.

Meanwhile, Spain’s competition commission has fined broadcaster Mediapro and clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla and Racing Santander €15m for agreeing TV deals for four years instead of the allowed three.

Mediapro was fined €6.5m, Real €3.9m, Barca €3.6m and Sevilla and Santander €900,000 and €30,000 respectively, the commission revealed yesterday.


Lifestyle

Ellie O’Byrne rounds up some of the virtual gigs, films and other eventsArts Noticeboard: Online entertainment options

It’s 25 years since Toy Story first stunned us with its brilliance. Esther McCarthy looks back onJohn Lasseter’s masterpiece and why it’s regarded as a milestone of modern cinemaInfinity and beyond: How Toy Story altered movie history

All the wines recommended this week are available for delivery.Wine with Leslie Williams: Looking for a wine delivery service? Here are a few ...

If I could be reborn for a day I’d be a cat. I love their serenity and independence and how they always manage to find that one shaft of sunlight.This Much I Know: Broadcaster, Mary Kennedy

More From The Irish Examiner