Cristiano Ronaldo may be fit vs. United
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he and his coaching staff are being careful with Cristiano Ronaldo, despite insisting that his knee injury is "forgotten."
- Toe Poke: Keita throws water bottle at Pepe
Ronaldo has not played in either of Madrid's preseason friendly games against Inter Milan and Roma in the U.S., as a result of the tendinosis he initially suffered towards the end of last season.
The reigning Ballon d'Or looked far from his best during the World Cup as Portugal were eliminated at the group stage, and has been training separately to his teammates since returning to club duty after the tournament.
Key European club fixtures
French Ligue 1 -- Aug. 8
FA Community Shield: Manchester City vs. Arsenal -- Aug. 10
German Super Cup: Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich -- Aug. 13
English Premier League -- Aug. 16
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid -- Aug. 19 and 22
Spanish La Liga/German Bundesliga -- Aug. 23
Italian Serie A -- Aug. 30
Asked about Ronaldo's condition following Madrid's 1-0 defeat to Roma in Dallas, Ancelotti told reporters: "We have to be careful. He is taking things very carefully, but the problem is forgotten."
However , the Italian coach could not confirm whether Ronaldo would be able to face former club Manchester United on Saturday in Michigan.
"He is training well by himself and today he did a double training session," he said. "We are going to see over the next few days whether he can play against Manchester United."
Free to play: ESPN FC Premier League fantasy
- Sign up for our new game and challenge your friends
- Fantasy Blog: Tips for picking your squad | New names
- David Silva and Romelu Lukaku in hot fantasy form
- How to play the game -- fantasy rules in full
- FAQ: All your game questions answered
- Transfers: Check out the latest Premier League moves
- Fantasy HQ: Email us with your issues
The defeat to Roma means Madrid will not be playing in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup, and will return to the Spanish capital after the match against Louis van Gaal's side. The European champions will then travel to Cardiff to play fellow Spaniards Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on Aug. 13.
"We will have more time to rest, but Madrid can never be happy about a defeat, and nor can a coach," Ancelotti added. "But we will be able to prepare better for the Super Cup."