Cristiano Ronaldo speeds up his recovery ahead of Camp Nou date

Whilst the rest of the Real Madrid squad celebrated another title under Zinedine Zidane in the dressing room, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Vazquez trained on the pitch in preparation for the club’s clash with Barcelona on Sunday.

In the company of fitness coach Antonio Pintus, the two players continued with some light training after they appeared in the second-half of the Super Cup final in Macedonia.

The Portuguese only stepped onto the field for 15 minutes, whilst the Spaniard added around 24, and so under the supervision of their trainer, the two individuals worked for another 20 minutes in the heat and humidity.

Ronaldo continues to ready himself for the Spanish Super Cup, despite only appearing in three practice sessions with the squad since his return from holiday.

His goal now is reach an optimal level of fitness ahead of the first leg at the Camp Nou.

Left out of several games last season, the 32-year-old’s French coach will be aware of his striker’s situation, which is why he benched the player against Manchester United, his first time as a sub since January 7 2015, under Carlo Ancelotti.

Zidane understands that he needs his stars to be at their peak level when the ultimate stage arrives, and so he will be cautious with the four-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Nonetheless, the former Red Devil will be keen to return against Barcelona, as logic would indicate he will play more than the 15 minutes he was given during his outing on Tuesday.

Vazquez will also look to make an impactful return to the squad ahead of an exciting season at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

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