Toni Kroos set to be fit for Champions League semi-final with Chelsea

Boost for Real Madrid with Toni Kroos set to be fit for crunch Champions League semi-final against Chelsea after returning to training… but full back Ferland Mendy is likely to miss first leg with a calf problem

  • Toni Kroos trained with his team-mates on Sunday after a spell on the sidelines
  • The midfielder has missed three games and has been working out in the gym 
  • Zinedine Zidane could start Kroos against Chelsea in the Champions League
  • Ferland Mendy looks set to miss the first leg of the semi-final due to a calf issue

Real Madrid should have Toni Kroos available for Tuesday night’s huge Champions League semi-final first leg against Chelsea.

The Germany midfielder has missed Real’s last three games as a precautionary measure and has been working in the gym to prevent injury.

However, he returned to full training with his team-mates on Sunday and now appears set to feature when Zinedine Zidane’s men host the Premier League side.

Toni Kroos, pictured in individual training last Friday, has now rejoined his team-mates

Kroos played an instrumental role in Madrid’s quarter-final triumph over Liverpool and is likely to start the first leg of the semi-final if he proves his fitness.

Zidane is set to be without Ferland Mendy, however, after the full back missed Sunday’s session as he recovers from a calf problem.

The Frenchman had hoped to have his compatriot back for the visit of Chelsea, but his absence suggests he is unlikely to make Tuesday’s matchday squad. 

Zinedine Zidane (right) is likely to be without Ferland Mendy (left) against Chelsea this week

Speaking on Saturday after his side’s 0-0 draw with Real Betis, Zidane said: ‘The intention is that Mendy and Kroos return (for Chelsea), but we have to see.

‘We have to recover as Tuesday is going to be the most difficult of the season.’

Nacho is expected to play at left back against Thomas Tuchel’s men, while Sergio Ramos is said to be targeting a return to fitness in time for the second leg on May 5.

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