Cristiano Ronaldo was withdrawn at half-time of Real Madrid’s Clasico clash with Barcelona because of the ankle injury sustained in the act of scoring. The superstar netted in the 14th minute to tie the game. However, Portuguese ace got up very carefully after being bundled over by a last-ditch tackle from Gerard Pique and needed treatment on the pitch before choosing to continue.
Although Ronaldo finished the half, he looked in obvious discomfort and was withdrawn at the half-time break, replaced by Marco Asensio. Reports from the Real dugout claimed that Ronaldo has suffered an ankle strain on his right foot, though he was only substituted as care. Speaking after the match, which finished 2-2, Zinedine Zidane confirmed: ‘He is a bit worried, as the ankle is a bit swollen, but he says it is not so much.’
Los Blancos have little but pride left to play for in La Liga, though they were unable to end Barcelona’s unbeaten domestic campaign, with the Champions League their main ambition for this campaign. The Final in Kiev is three weeks away, and Real Madrid have decided to take zero risks ahead of the clash with Liverpool.