Despite not playing any competitive football for almost three weeks, Cristiano Ronaldo is not taking it easy, training up to six hours a day to prove his fitness.
The Portugal star was left out of his country’s most recent squad for the first Euro 2016 qualifier to allow him to focus on overcoming a number of injury niggles that have hampered him for some months now.
The 29-year-old also sat out Los Blancos’ last game before the international break – the 4-2 loss at Real Sociedad.
But according to AS, Ronaldo has been working six hours a day to improve his fitness and be ready in time to face Atletico de Madrid in the La Liga clash this weekend.
The striker suffered tendonitis in his knee towards the end of last season as well as a thigh problem. He managed to play through the pain to help the side lift the Champions League trophy, but was not at his best at the World Cup in Brazil as Portugal crashed out early.
His pre-season was then hampered by a back problem picked up in the European Super Cup win over Sevilla.
AS reported that even on his days off, Ronaldo has been working hard to be ready in time for the weekend. He has also put in the extra hours to shake off the injuries to be fully fit for the rest of the campaign, the paper says.