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    Ronaldo to start training with Real Madrid on Friday

    New Delhi: Real Madrid fans can breathe a little easier after the club announced that Cristiano Ronaldo's comeback from his ankle injury is on track.

    Los Blancos announced via their official website that 'CR9' was thoroughly examined by their medical staff and Dutch doctor Niek van Dijk on Tuesday, and all parties are happy that the player can resume training by the end of the week.

    "After being observed throughout the day by Real Madrid's Medical Services and Dr. Van Dijk, as well as undergoing a clinical examination that included x-rays, it was decided that Cristiano Ronaldo should continue his recovery protocol until the final pre-established date which is next Friday, at which point he can resume group training."

    Given his lack of fitness, it is highly unlikely that he will be risked by Manuel Pellegrini against Racing Santander this weekend.

    However, he could feature against FC Zurich in next week's Champions League tie as he looks to gain match practice before the trip to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona in 'el Clasico' in 10 days time.