Real Madrid rocked by Ronaldo injury at Valladolid

The Portuguese has become a doubt for the Champions League final after being forced off in less than 10 minutes in Real Madrid’s clash on Wednesday

Real Madrid’s treble hopes have been rocked by the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to injury during Wednesday night’s must-win Liga clash with Valladolid.

The Portugal international was forced off just nine minutes into the game at the Jose Zorrilla with a suspected hamstring problem, thus casting serious doubt on his participation in Los Blancos‘ two remaining Primera Division fixtures, as well as the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on May 24.

Ronaldo had only returned to the Madrid starting line-up for the first leg of their semi-final with Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, after missing four games, including the Copa del Rey triumph over Barcelona, through a combination of thigh and knee injuries.

The Ballon d’Or winner played a key role in Los Blancos‘ 5-0 aggregate rout of the Bavarians, striking twice in the return leg in Bavaria, before then keeping the capital club’s Liga title hopes alive with a stunning injury-time equaliser in last weekend’s 2-2 home draw with Valencia.

Ronaldo had been hoping to fire Carlo Ancelotti’s men to a win at Valladolid that would draw them to within two points of Primera Division leaders Atletico, with just two rounds remaining.

However, he lasted less than 10 minutes before hobbling off to be replaced by Alvaro Morata. Madrid fans will take encouragement, though, from the fact that Ronaldo returned to the visitors’ bench to watch the remainder of the game with his team-mate, which could suggest that the injury is not serious.

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