Cristiano Ronaldo injury: Real Madrid confirm thigh strain ahead of CL tie with Manchester City

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Real Madrid have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is suffering from a thigh strain less than a week before the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Manchester City.

Los Blancos released a statement this afternoon, but are yet to give any indication whether or not the injury puts Ronaldo’s participation at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday in jeopardy.

The statement read, according to Sky Sports: “Following tests carried out today on Cristiano Ronaldo in the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his right thigh.

“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Ronaldo sustained the injury attempting an overhead kick late in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Villarreal, immediately leaving the field despite Madrid having used all three substitutes.

The 31-year-old has played every minute of Real’s La Liga campaign, but it remains to be seen whether he features at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday with the trip to Manchester on the horizon.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are still fighting for the Spanish title. Barcelona’s recent wobble has allowed them to close to within a point of the champions, and Atletico Madrid, at the top of the table.

Ronaldo has bagged 47 goals in 44 games for Real this season. He is the top scorer in both La Liga and the Champions League. City’s defence may hope his thigh is still sore come next week.

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