El Classico: Ronaldo injured, but hopeful for Champions League final

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Cristiano Ronaldo departed Real Madrid’s Clasico clash with Barcelona at half-time after picking up what appeared to be an ankle injury, but Zinedine Zidane expects him to be available for a Champions League final date with Liverpool.

After Luis Suarez had put the hosts in front at Camp Nou just 10 minutes in, Ronaldo levelled matters just four minutes later.

However, he had to be attended to late in the first half after taking a knock.

The 33-year-old was first left clutching his lower leg after finding the target.

He was bundled over the line along with the ball after beating Gerard Pique to a header back across goal from Karim Benzema.

Ronaldo was quick to get to his feet after ending up in the back of the net, but hobbled back towards halfway.

He was given time in which to try and shake off the problem, but did require treatment before the interval.

Though Ronaldo eventually finished the opening 45 minutes, which saw Sergi Roberto sent off in the closing stages for Barcelona, he was replaced by Marco Asensio when the teams emerged for the second half.

Initial fears put his involvement in a Champions League final date with Liverpool on May 26 in doubt.

Zidane has, however, moved to calm the concerns of Blancos supporters, with the Real boss confident that a knock picked up by his talismanic forward is only “minor” after initial tests determined a slight ankle sprain.

He told Movistar Partidazo following a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou: “We will look tomorrow [Monday] and see what damage has been done.

“Right now it’s not good, but it’s going to be minor. He seemed to think it wasn’t much. It’s not a worry for the Champions League final.”

It remains to be seen how serious Ronaldo’s ankle complaint is and how long it takes him to fully recover from it.

Zidane will hope that the issue does prove to be minor, with his Portuguese superstar having netted 43 times across all competitions this season.


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