Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 4/30/13
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been passed fit for today's Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Borussia Dortmund , coach Jose Mourinho has said. The Portugal international, top scorer in the competition this season with 12 goals, returned to training with his team-mates on Monday after sitting out Saturday's 2-1 La Liga victory over Atletico Madrid. He had damaged a thigh muscle as Real lost 4-1 in the first leg in Dortmund last Wednesday. Even with a fit Ronaldo, Real face a stiff task against the Bundesliga side if they are to keep alive their bid for the 10th European crown that has eluded them since 2002. "Cristiano is fine to play," Mourinho said. Aside from injured full-backs Alvaro Arbeloa and Marcelo, Mourinho will be selecting from a full-strength Madrid squad. Real will be wary of launching a cavalry charge at a Dortmund side unbeaten on their travels in Europe this year as it would leave their shaky defence even more exposed than usual. They have the leakiest backline of the four teams remaining with 18 goals conceded, and have kept only one clean sheet in the competition so far. The second leg is also a challenge to Real coach Mourinho's prestige as failure to progress from a third successive Champions League semi-final would test the patience of club president Florentino Perez. With the La Liga title about to fall to Barcelona, and Real's European campaign hanging by a thread, next month's King's Cup final might end up representing Mourinho's last chance for major silverware this season. Dortmund look set to recall all their big names for the Bernabeu clash after coach Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes to the team for Saturday's 2-1 Bundesliga win over Fortuna Duesseldorf 2-1 to tighten their hold on second spot. Klopp will have a full squad to choose from with midfielder Nuri Sahin's Saturday showing, which included the first goal, possibly earning him a starting spot against the team he joined from Dortmund in 2011. Dortmund, who last week made sure of a Champions League group spot for next season, are looking to reach their first final since winning the trophy in 1997.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Hayward could return in March in best-case scenario

Report: MRI on Draymond Green’s knee come back negative

Teddy Bridgewater believes he will ‘definitely’ play in 2017

Mark Cuban tried to pitch NBA on getting rid of draft

Tom Brady praises Matt Ryan ahead of Super Bowl LI rematch

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jameis Winston does not rule out sitting in Week 7

Steelers’ Mike Mitchell fined, not suspended, for dirty hit

Packers’ Brett Hundley: ‘I want to be a Hall of Famer’

Report: Elliott not interested in settlement, wants to clear name

Nets’ Jeremy Lin out for season with ruptured patella tendon

‘The Simpsons’ to air ‘comedic’ documentary for ‘Homer at the Bat’

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker