Reports in Spain have said Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is carrying a patella tendon injury.
It’s not expected to force the Portuguese out of action but Marca claims Ronaldo has been subdued in recent games - and the knee problem is why.
The injury dates back at least to the second leg of the Champions League tie with Schalke. Ronaldo insisted on playing despite Madrid having a 6-1 lead from the initial encounter.
But Ronaldo has needed physio treatment on the knee every day and his kneecap is bandaged. The original problem occurred at the end of last season and has been on the minds of the medical staff since then.
Marca add that Ronaldo was unable to prepare properly for El Clasico after sitting out training with the team to work with the physios, and the same was the case for Madrid’s midweek defeat to Sevilla.
He is however expected to play against Rayo Vallecano tomorrow.
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