Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will be pleased to have both Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal back in training ahead of the Champions League final next week.

On Liverpool’s end of the line, preparations for the final have begun as they jetted off to Spain for a training camp in Marbella on Wednesday. Elsewhere, Real Madrid are gearing up for the final La Liga game of the season away to Villarreal.

Los Blancos will only have a week to rest before they travel to Kiev to defend their status as Champions of Europe. A massive boost to their bid to make it three Champions League wins from three years is the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal have made a return to full training.

The latter has not played for Madrid since he picked up a hamstring injury in April, while Ronaldo suffered an ankle injury during a 2-2 draw with La Liga rivals Barcelona.

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Liverpool fans were hopeful that Ronaldo and Carvajal would be forced to miss the final but it appears as though both will be fit. The pair will be available for selection at the weekend and are nailed on to feature in Kiev.

A statement from the Spanish side read: “The Real Madrid squad completed their first training session of the week as preparations ahead of Saturday’s La Liga encounter against Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica got underway.”

“Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal trained alongside their teammates, which meant that Zinedine Zidane had a full squad available to him.”

With Real Madrid set to travel to Ukraine with a full strength side, it means that Liverpool will need to be at their very best and should they win, it will be all the more impressive.

Although Jürgen Klopp doesn’t have a fully fit squad, he does have one that is in form and fully focussed on the job at hand.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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