Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho confirms that Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to face Real Betis on Saturday

The Portugal international has been carrying a knock and featured for his national team in their Euro 2012 qualifiers, but has been given the green light to feature after all
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has stated that star attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has shaken off a knock, and will play against Real Betis on Saturday.

The former Manchester United forward played for Portugal in the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Iceland and Denmark, despite medical staff stating he needed a rest.

The 26-year-old has been carrying a hip injury, but wanted to represent his nation despite feeling discomfort.

Regardless of this, his countryman and trainer has stated that his talisman will step out at the Santiago Bernabeu against Pepe Mel's men.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is fit and will play. It will be very demanding for him to participate in the play-offs with Portugal and he'll have to give his all," the 48-year-old declared to the club's official website.

Mourinho's side will go into the clash looking for three points, but the ex-Chelsea and Inter boss is wary of the threat his opponents bring to the capital.

"Many regard Betis simply as a recently promoted side, but I don't. They played like a First Division team in the Second Division and they showcased more than sufficient quality to return," he insisted.

"That's why I don't feel like we'll be facing a recently promoted side. We will face one of the best. They have more ambition and intensity in their game and that's why they're one of the best teams in the First Division.

"We're not afraid of Betis or any other team, but it will be a difficult game for which we'll have to be in optimum form," he concluded.

Madrid are a point behind Barcelona and Levante in the league standings, and will be eager to build on their 4-0 win over Espanyol from last time out.