Zinedine Zidnae does not think talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit enough to play in the La Liga season opener.
The Portuguese forward led his team to an unprecedented Euro 2016 success. But suffered an injury in the final, after a challenge from Payet.
Zidane has ruled him out of the Super Cup clash against Sevilla. And has now ruled him out of the opener against Real Sociedad come August 21.
“Cristiano is out for the Super Cup. For the first game of the season, we’ll see,” the Real Madrid coach said.
“His injury needs one month and then he has to prepare, because he will not be at his best after a month without doing anything.
“Between the Super Cup and the league opener will be 10 days. We’ll see. He’ll be with us, but I don’t think he will play the first match [of the league season].”
Zidane is less concerned about Karim Benzema ahead of the Super Cup, but said the striker would not play in Madrid’s International Champions Cup match against Chelsea on Saturday.
“His discomfort does not go away, but it is better and hopefully he can play a little in the third game. It is important to play a little before the cup,” he said.