Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo sat out their Champions League match with a muscle strain. Ronaldo will also sit out this Saturday’s La Liga game against Real Valladolid, and it looks like Madrid will be without Ronaldo until mid-December.
“No, Cristiano won’t play because he is not comfortable and doesn’t feel good,” Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti said, via The Guardian.
“We did a scan this morning and while the muscle is completely healed he is not comfortable and hasn’t trained much, so we are not going to take the risk. He has 15 days to work and prepare well for the next league match [at Osasuna on 14 December].”
A statement from the club said the injury was in his left thigh but hadn’t given him a specific time table.
“After X-ray tests carried out today on our player Cristiano Ronaldo by Real Madrid’s medical services, an injury in his left thigh was detected,” a club statement released on Monday morning read. “[His return to action] depends on the evolution of the injury.”
Ronaldo is fresh of an impressive play off with his Portuguese team against Sweden. A game that might have locked up the Ballon d’Or trophy for him after voting was extended.
“Every year I have shown what I am,” Ronaldo told Portuguese TV. “I have scored 40 or 50 goals a season and that is not within the reach of everyone. I am not blinded by this [prize].”
“I did my work as I have been doing all this time,” Ronaldo said. “I do not have to respond to anyone. My answers I make on the pitch. I try always to give my best.”