The Portuguese talisman is currently serving a suspension that he picked up following an altercation with the referee during Real’s 1-3 Supercopa de Espana win over Barcelona.
The Spanish football association decided to uphold the five match ban given to Ronaldo, such that he has already missed games against Barcelona in the return leg, Deportivo, Valencia and Levante.
Real Madrid managed to beat both Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna in Ronaldo’s first two games out. However they have since drawn with both Valencia and Levante at home, with Theo Hernandez admitting that Ronaldo is missed by the Spanish giants:
“We tried hard throughout and our intensity was there as always but we just couldn’t make the most of our chances,” said Hernandez.
“Maybe we did lack a little spark but we gave everything. We do need Cristiano to score goals but we don’t necessarily need a No. 9. The squad will continue as it is.”
Marcos Llorente also highlighted the need to have Ronaldo back in the team, as he acknowledged that his side have been missing one of their biggest goal threats:
“This wasn’t the kind of game we were expecting but what would be most worrying for us would be if we didn’t create many chances,” the midfielder said.
“These things happen and we must keep working.