The Portugal international has only missed seven of Madrid’s 80 Champions League games since signing in 2009 and their win rate plummets from 71 to 43 per cent when he is out of the side.

Ronaldo has scored or assisted an astonishing 77 per cent of Madrid’s goals in the competition this season (20 out of 26) and is only one away from equalling his own record of 17 in a single campaign.

“In my head I want them and we think that they will be ready,” Zidane said of Benzema and Ronaldo.

Director Emilio Butragueno insisted the medical team have Madrid’s full support despite reports of a strained relationship with senior players and hopes they can get the pair ready in time.

“Our confidence in them is total,” he said. “The most important thing is the game on Wednesday.

“Hopefully all the injured players can be ready for such an important game. We only think about that and about getting to the final.”