26.04.2013 » Cristiano Ronaldo injury will force him to miss Madrid derby
Apparently, Cristiano Ronaldo is human and can also get injured. Reports indicate that the Portuguese forward picked up a minor injury on last Wednesday's Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, a game in which the Merengues were humiliated after being defeated by 4-1. Ronaldo suffered a thigh muscle strain during the warm-up session at the Signal Iduna Park stadium, but managed to still complete the full 90 minutes against the German side and score a vital goal that still gives Real Madrid hopes for a "remontada" at the Santiago Bernabéu. An immediate consequence from this injury is that CR7 will be rested this Saturday afternoon, in Madrid's derby game between Atletico and Real. Nevertheless and judging from what we all know from Ronaldo's personality, he'll surely won't miss next Tuesday's Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund titanic game, not even in the case where he would only be 50% fit...
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Aitor Karanka has confirmed earlier this Friday that Cristiano Ronaldo didn't complete today's training session and that we won't be in the squad for tomorrow's game against Atletico Madrid. The Spanish assistant coach noted that the 28-years old forward wasn't feeling very comfortable on the pitch due to a "muscular problem" but that the Merengues medical staff expects for him to recover just in time to help Real Madrid getting past Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-finals 2nd leg, scheduled for this Tuesday night (April 30).
Seeing Cristiano Ronaldo injured and ruled out for a game is such an uncommon situation that few believe this muscle injury on his left thigh represents a serious threat in terms of drawing him out of the line-up for the returning leg against Borussia Dortmund. It's certain that he won't be at the Vicente Calderón though, and that means Atletico Madrid have in hands an unique opportunity to close down distances to Real Madrid in La Liga, since a Colchoneros win will put both teams tied in the standings and with only 5 games left to be played.
The last time Real Madrid got defeated by their city rivals was in 1999, so needless is to say how big of a game this will be for the home side. Besides not being able to count with Cristiano Ronaldo for this weekend derby, José Mourinho also didn't call up for Fábio Coentrão and Sergio Ramos, while Arbeloa remains injured from a back problem and won't be an option either.
The Spanish League title can in fact be sealed right this weekend and for that to happen all it takes is that Real Madrid loses in the Vicente Calderón against Atletico Madrid and that Barcelona snatches an away win against Athletic Bilbao. Both the Merengues and the Catalans fans surely wouldn't hesitate in switching a positive result this weekend for a miraculous comeback in the Champions League semi-finals 2nd leg. If Real Madrid's task can be labelled as something close to an impossible mission, than Barcelona has surely an even harder task ahead, as they'll need to comeback from a 0-4 deficit, against the all mighty Bayern Munich.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Real Madrid will be against Atletico Madrid for the Spanish League, on April 27, 2013. You can watch Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona, Manchester City vs West Ham and Wigan vs Liverpool, all matches provided from our football live streaming section.
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