Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo injured his ankle in the season-opening match against Mallorca on Aug. 29, but has recovered in time for Saturday's game against Osasuna.

Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from an ankle injury to make Real Madrid's team for Saturday's league game against Osasuna.

Ronaldo was expected to be out three weeks after hurting his right ankle in the season-opening 0-0 draw at Mallorca on Aug. 29, but coach Jose Mourinho included the forward in his team for the match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

"He'll start," Mourinho said Friday. "The only worry is he gets hit again and the same thing happens – again."

Ronaldo missed both of Portugal's European championship qualifying games while recovering from the injury, including a 1-0 defeat at Norway and 4-4 draw with Cyprus.

Mourinho also said Portugal centre back Pepe would return to the squad for the first time since injuring his left leg in pre-season, and would be in the starting 11.