PALMA DE MALLORCA SPAIN - AUGUST 29: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts as he fails to score during the La Liga match between Mallorca and Real Madrid at the ONO Estadio on August 29 2010 in Palma de Mallorca Spain. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo Set For Wednesday Return Against Lyon

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Cristiano Ronaldo Set To Play In Champions League Against Lyon

Cristiano Ronaldo is now expected to start mid-week in Champions League against Lyon, according to reports. The Real Madrid attacker was considered doubtful for the clubs' second leg after injuring his thigh on March 3 against Malaga in Liga action. He has not played since, but with an original injury time line speculating 10 to 14 days out of the team, the Portuguese star appears set to return at the short end of that spectrum.

According to Madrid manager José Mourinho, Ronaldo will not be "100 percent," and if the match had to be played this weekend, the Merengues leading scorer would be unable to go. However, Mourinho is confident that training through the weekend will see Ronaldo sufficiently fit to start Wednesday's match at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Last season, Lyon came to the Bernabeu for the second leg of the teams' Round of 16 match, eventually eliminating Real Madrid 2-1 after a late Miralem Pjanic goal. This year, the clubs are even at one after the first leg at Stade Gerland, Karim Benzema and Bafetimbi Gomis exchanging second half goals.

Ronaldo is not the only star who looks to return from an injury doubt. Lisandro Lopez, who missed the first leg, is set to feature, recording a hat-trick this weekend in his return from injury.


Cristiano Ronaldo, Out 10-14 Days With Injured Ankle, Could Miss Real Madrid's Next Champions League Match, Pave Way For Kaka

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 27 goals in 26 La Liga matches, is set to miss his a league match for the first time this season, the ankle injury he suffered Thursday against Málaga putting him out for 10 to 14 days. If Ronaldo is sidelined for the far end of that prognosis, he will miss matches against Racing Santander, Hércules, and (most importantly) Lyon in Champions League.

While Ronaldo left in the 77th minute on Thursday, he technically played 90 minutes, Real Madrid having already used all their substitutions. If he misses any time this weekend at Racing, it will be the first action he's missed in the 2010-11 Primera Division campaign. The next most-used out-field player for José Mourinho is left back Marcelo, the Brazilian having played 270 fewer minutes. Only two other out-field players have accumulated 2000 minutes (Ricardo Carvalho, Xavi Alonso).

In his absence, it would be natural to bring Kaká back into the team, an inclusion which could make-or-break the Brazilian's time at Madrid. The former World Player of the Year has not been able to find a place in the team since his mid-winter return from injury, with the general consensus holding the attacker may have lost a step. Now, Kaká could be given his chance, and while he won't be expected to replicate the outlay, he will be expected to keep Los Merengues on track.

But even with the likes of Kaká in reserve, the idea of losing Ronaldo for Lyon brings another Round of 16 lost slightly closer to reality. While Madrid was able to get a good result at Stade Gerland in leg one, it's not difficult to imagine Lyon reproducing last year's Santiago Bernabeu performance, particularly if Los Blancos are without their biggest threat.

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