KNEE INJURY NOT SERIOUS

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has rejected suggestions that the knee injury suffered by star Cristiano Ronaldo in the 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund could be a serious one. Ronaldo has been a virtual ever present player for Madrid in the last few years, as he has suffered very few injuries. This is due to a combination of looking after himself extremely well and also his motivation to be the best player in the world. He is looking to become the record goalscorer in the Champions League, but that did not come in the win over at Dortmund.

The Spanish outfit were looking to get revenge on the German club for their defeat in the semi-final stage last season. The first leg of the quarter-finals was at the Santiago Bernabeu and Madrid managed to put one foot in the semifinals after a 3-0 win. Even though Ronaldo did not score in this encounter, he had a huge influence nonetheless. The big disappointment for Madrid came later in the match after Ronaldo limped off with what appeared to be a serious injury. Ancelotti has cooled such rumours by saying that the superstar came off as a precaution.

Madrid need the services of Ronaldo if they are to topple both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the league title race.

“It’s a slight knee problem and I’m not worried about it. If the niggle, which at the moment is not a worry, continues we can rest him, but the player is relaxed. I took him off 10 minutes before the end and there is no reason to worry. He [Isco] had a great match, he defended and won balls. He also demonstrated his attacking ability with a goal. He had a fantastic game, really helping his team and demonstrating that he has that passion,” said Ancelotti.