With the UEFA Champions League final in Milan this Saturday, the last thing Real Madrid want is to have Cristiano Ronaldo go down injured.
That’s exactly what happened in training on Tuesday.
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The pictures below show Ronaldo, 31, receiving treatment on the floor and grimacing as he was helped to his feet after a clash with goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. It was an open media day ahead of the UCL final, a repeat of the 2014 between Real and Atletico Madrid, hence why pictures of the incident have been published.
Zinedine Zidane must have been sweating as the Portuguese national team captain missed the first leg of Real’s UCL semifinal against Manchester City in late April and they badly missed his cutting edge and power in attack.
Speaking about the knock, Ronaldo had this to say: “It was a minor scare, a knock, but in a few days I will be well.”
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Ronaldo had suffered from a reoccurring thigh injury this season, missing three games in April and he also came off at half time of Real’s final La Liga game as well as failing to complete the last three training sessions.
With the UCL final against crosstown rivals Atletico in just four days, most Real fans feared the worst when they heard the news. However, Spanish publication Marca has since reported that Ronaldo’s injury was assessed by the medical team at Real and it doesn’t appear to be too serious but any setback like this certainly isn’t ideal.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner is Real’s leading goalscorer this season with 51 goals in all competitions and is also the leading scorer in UCL history with 93 goals, plus has 16 goals in 11 UCL games this season.
Flick through the images below to see more on Ronaldo’s injury scare.