Ronaldo to play 90 minutes in Santiago Bernabeu Trophy clash

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Zinedine Zidane says the Portuguese star will go the distance in the friendly against Fiorentina to keep up his match fitness

Cristiano Ronaldo will play the full 90 minutes of Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match with Fiorentina on Wednesday, head coach Zinedine Zidane has confirmed.

The 32-year-old is unable to play in competitive domestic football until September 20 after his appeal against a five-match ban for pushing a referee was rejected — a decision the forward described as "incomprehensible".

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Ronaldo, who shoved Ricardo de Burgos in the back after being sent off in the first leg of Madrid's Supercopa de Espana triumph over Barcelona, will miss his side's La Liga matches against Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.

Zidane is prepared to let the Portugal star play the whole friendly game in the Spanish capital on Wednesday in order to help him to maintain his fitness levels.

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"It's an important game for the fans," he told Real Madrid's official website. "This year it falls after the first La Liga matchday and we'll be trying to deliver a good performance, but above all, we'll be looking to ensure that the players get more playing time under their belts.

"We're in good shape fitness-wise and there are players like Cristiano Ronaldo who are going to start the game and play the full 90 minutes. We want the trophy to remain here and we're aiming to put in a good performance."

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