Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti expects Cristiano Ronaldo to be available for the Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday despite the threat of a four-game ban.
Ronaldo was shown a straight red card in Sunday's 1-1 Spanish league draw at Athletic Bilbao, leaving his availability for the semifinal against Atletico Madrid up in the air.
The Portugal forward made a mocking gesture as he left the field, which could result in a longer suspension with any ban over two games extending to all competitions. A decision is expected by Wednesday.
''I don't think we'll have to wait for the committee's decision because I'm sure his ban won't be serious. Cristiano will start the game tomorrow,'' Ancelotti said on Tuesday.
There is a precedent of adding two games to any initial ban for using the gesture, which mocks a slap to the cheek to suggest the referee has a lot of nerve.
''I don't think it was such bad gesture,'' Ancelotti said. ''The player was unhappy because the red was an exaggeration...