Real Madrid on Edge as Cristiano Ronaldo Picks up Ankle Injury
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Real Madrid on Edge as Cristiano Ronaldo Picks up Ankle Injury

The opposition will never openly talk positively about an injury to a rival team’s star man, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would have had a keen eye on Cristiano Ronaldo limping off for Real Madrid in the Clasico with Barcelona on Sunday.

The world player of the year was on target with Real’s first goal in the 2-2 draw, but he picked up an ankle knock in the act of scoring and did not appear for the second half.

Given how driven Ronaldo is to play every minute, and the fact it was the biggest game of the Spanish season, to see him not make it out for the second half will be worrying for Real fans.

Manager Zinedine Zidane says they will know more about the problem in the coming days, but confirmed the player’s ankle was swollen.

“I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the Frenchman told Real’s official website. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see.

“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.”

Real’s domestic campaign petered out some time ago, but they have the biggest prize in European football to defend against Klopp’s Liverpool in Kiev.

The Champions League final is on May 26th, which gives Ronaldo the best part of three weeks to recover. Provided there is no serious ligament damage, that should allow him time to get back in shape.

But given how well tuned the modern players are, to lose any sharpness at this stage of the season could be extremely costly. Ronaldo is one of the fittest players in the game and works harder than most to remain in shape, so if he is forced to tone down his regime – or halt completely – for even a few days it could have an impact on his performance.

It’s highly likely that he would have had his game time managed over Real’s remaining three matches in the Liga season, but an enforced absence is not ideal.

So it’s not only Real fans who will be watching for any developments on Ronaldo’s fitness and recovery, there will be Liverpool supporters – and a certain Jurgen Klopp – who will be glued to the news.

Ronaldo’s injury has not had an impact on the betting, yet. Real are priced at 1.70 with 188BET to win the title for the third time in a row – while Liverpool can be backed at 2.29.

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