Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has regained full fitness and is expected to play in the Champions League final against Chelsea, according to coach Zinedine Zidane.

Due to a calf injury suffered while on international duty, the central defender has not played since March.

But he is due to return just in time, with his side needing a major win to turn the tables on Chelsea next Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.

what Zidane said

"[Ramos] is training with us and that means he's able to play too," Zidane told reporters on Friday ahead of Madrid's Liga clash at home to Osasuna.

"We'll see what we do when we name the squad, but Sergio is fit and ready to play."

the influence of Ramos

The Blancos captain, 35, continues to be a major influence in the middle of defense, with results suffering in his absence over the past month as he fought a calf injury and also tested positive for Covid-19.

Madrid has lost four of their last five games in all competitions and will need to score at least once in the second leg after being kept 1-1 by Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

The experienced defender has a knack for scoring goals, having scored 128 for club and country throughout his career, making him one of the most prolific defenders in the game's history.

Ramos is also adept at striking when it matters most for Madrid, as shown by his goals in the 2013-14 and 2015-16 Champions League finals against Atletico Madrid.