Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is hopeful he can recover from a minor muscle injury in time to feature in Saturday’s Premier League match against Aston Villa.
The Portugal international missed United’s 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Villa on Monday but is keeping his “fingers crossed” that he can return to action at the weekend.
“I’m good,” Ronaldo told manutd.com. “You know, we have to feel some pain sometimes. It’s nothing big and I hope to be good soon.”
Asked if he would be fit to face Villa, the 36-year-old said he hoped so.
“We will try on Thursday,” Ronaldo added. “I will try to train as normal. Let’s see how the body reacts.”
The forward had earlier backed interim boss Ralf Rangnick to do a good job at United but said the German needed time to bed in his ideas.
Rangnick was appointed until the end of the season following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, but the interim boss has faced questions from the media about players being unhappy with his methods.