Real Madrid’s hopes of winning a 10th Champions League title were dealt a blow on Thursday when it was revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo injury is worse than originally thought:
The club’s medical update reads:
“Medical tests performed on Cristiano Ronaldo have revealed an injury to the player’s left biceps femoris muscle. Pending a medical evaluation.”
According to AS Sport, Ronaldo has suffered a small tear to his left hamstring and could be out for up to 15 days.
Initially, it was thought that Cristiano was suffering a patellar tendonitis (Jumper’s knee) but the results of Thursday’s medical exam suggests that the problem could be more serious.
A two week timeline means that Ronaldo is certain to miss next Wednesday’s Copa del Rey final against Barcelona as well as the Champions League semi-final first leg, scheduled for April 22-23.
Real are also involved in a dogfight for the La Liga title as they trail leaders Atletico by 3 points and second place Barcelona by two points. Ronaldo is expected the miss this weekends home match against Almería and potentially the home game against Osasuna on April 26th.
Real should not need Ronaldo to beat Almeria and Osasuna. It is the Copa del Rey final and the Champions League first leg where he will be most missed. His absence will put more pressure on the other members of the BBC (Bale and Benzema) to pick up his goalscoring threat.