Cristiano Ronaldo has suffered an ill-timed set back as a hamstring injury is threatening his chances to play in the upcoming Copa del Rey final, in which Real Madrid will face arch-rivals Barcelona.
Some reports state that the injury suffered by the Portuguese superstar will sideline him for a couple of weeks and, while it is possible he could play in the first leg of the Champions League semis (April 22-23), it appears highly unlikely that he will be healthy for the Copa del Rey final next week.
“Tests which Cristiano Ronaldo underwent have shown up a muscular injury to his left biceps femoris,” adding that his return to the field depended on his reaction to rehabilitation.
It’s a pity really, as this was a chance to see Cristiano in action, in what has been an otherwise incredibly successful season, against his nemesis, Lionel Messi, always fun to watch.
On Saturday, Ronaldo left the field with 10-minutes to play with what was reported to be a left knee injury, during the 4-0 Real Madrid win against Real Sociedad and he missed the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Dortmund this past Tuesday.
Without Ronaldo, Real Madrid has managed to do well, however, they have looked a bit shaky in the last matches, especially the one against Dortmund, where they had a better second half after a forgettable first period.
Cristiano was out for a three game suspension earlier in the season and “Los Blancos” managed to win regardless. But this is a critical time in the last part of the season and Real Madrid lost its first place La Liga standings a few weeks ago, with Ronaldo in the roster.
All eyes will be on Gareth Bale, who came to Real Madrid from Tottenham for a record breaking amount, and has yet to find his full potential in La Liga and Karim Benzama, who has been performing well in Ronaldo’s absence. Isco is also a key player that will have to create opportunities for Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
But for now, the best Cristiano Ronaldo can do is rest, to recover from his injury and follow trainers’ orders.
CR7 — as he is known to fans — has not mentioned a word about his injury or prospects for the next crucial matches on his Twitter or Facebook pages.
One thing is for sure, if his attitude during the Dortmund loss is any indication, he will have a hard time staying on his seat at the bench while his teammates battle for the Copa del Rey title on Wednesday, April 16.
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