Real Madrid defender and captain, Sergio Ramos is fully fit and available to play against Chelsea in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League clash scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 5, at Stamford Bridge.
The 35-year-old Spain national team captain missed out on the first leg of the round due to fitness issues. His team went on to record a 1-1 draw which was not what the instructor of the side, Zinedine Zidane craved for.
“He [Ramos] is training with us and that means he’s able to play too,” Zidane told a news conference on Friday, April 30.
“We’ll see what we do when we name the squad, but Sergio is fit and ready to play.”
The coach would need everyone fit and available for the return leg in England and one of such people who could make a difference for the Spanish team in such a huge game is Sergio Ramos.
Ramos had been out of the Spanish club since March 13 due to fitness issues. Even though he is fit and available to play according to coach Zinedine Zidane, he will not play in the La Liga match against Osasuna later today, May 1, at 20:00.
The decision of the coach to keep him out of the squad is to allow him to be fully fit for the Champions League semi-final game in which a win or a 2-2 draw is all Real Madrid need to make it to the final of the competition.
Besides needing Sergio Ramos to make it to the Champions League final, coach Zidane needs the Spain international in his remaining La Liga games this season. There are five games to go and the competition for the Spanish La Liga title is getting intense by the day.
This season, the Spanish champions have three clubs to contend with for the league title – Atletico Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Sevilla. Currently, Madrid is two points away from first placed Atletico Madrid, equaled point with 3rd placed FC Barcelona, and a point above 4th placed Sevilla.
“La Liga is always such a tough competition and it’ll be that way until the end,” said Zidane.
“We want to win this league title, we know it’ll be difficult but we’re going to give everything to do so until the end of the season.
“There’s obviously been a lot of games, players have had problems, but in a season all sorts of things happen. The important thing is that we’re ready to go out there and compete.”