Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury may not be as bad as presumed
It was 45 minutes into El Clasico vs Barcelona when Cristiano Ronaldo suffered an ankle injury. As he scored the opening goal for his team, his ankle appeared to be stepped on by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
Ronaldo appeared to be in discomfort, but he continued to play for the rest of the first half. However, the player required treatment before the interval and Ronaldo was substituted at half-time by Marco Asensio.
Fears emerged if the injury would affect his performance in the Champions League Final with Liverpool on 26th May, but coach Zidane eased the tension following the game.
“I don’t know how long he’ll be out. He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow, we’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious,” said Zidane.
“Right now it’s not good, but it’s going to be minor. He seemed to think it wasn’t much. It’s not a worry for the Champions League final.”
Ronaldo is said to be resting until the Final against Liverpool at the end of the month. Zidane will hope that the issue does prove to be minor, with his Portuguese superstar having netted 43 times across all competitions this season. Furthermore, The goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi bring their combined total for their respective clubs to 1,000 – Messi 551 and Cristiano Ronaldo 449.
If Barcelona can avoid defeat at home to Villarreal on Wednesday, away to Levante next Sunday, and at home to Real Sociedad on May 20, Barcelona will become the first team to go undefeated through an entire 38-game La Liga season.
Real Madrid is likely to publish a medical report on Cristiano Ronaldo’s ankle later today.