Antonio Cassano has joined
Ronaldo in separate training sessions at Real Madrid as both players look to
improve their fitness.
Cassano, who was sold to Madrid this week from Serie A side Roma, has not played
many games this season and isn´t in the best of shape while Ronaldo suffered a
calf injury on December 29 and was unavailable for Real´s Copa del Rey match
against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday. Neither will be available for Madrid when
they travel to Villarreal on Sunday.
It will not be the ideal start to the Primera Liga in 2006 for Madrid as England
captain David Beckham will also be absent through suspension. Also, Brazilian
signing Cicinho will be called on immediately at right back with Javier Balboa
having been hurt in training following a clash with Jonathan Woodgate.