Many asked, why Lionel Messi stole Cristiano Ronaldo the show in the recent El Clasico. Could a slight injury be the explanation why the Portuguese struggled to change his side’s fortunes?
Spanish newspaper, Marca, reports that Ronaldo has been carrying a slight problem with his left knee, more specifically his patellar tendon, since Real’s 3-1 victory over Schalke in the Champions League.
It’s only a small problem, which doesn’t stop Ronaldo from playing but seemingly hinders him from being at his best.
In spite of being in pain, the 29-year-old wanted to play the second leg against Schalke, even though the tie had already been decided in the 6-1 thrashing in the first leg.
Since then, Ronaldo has been taking great care of his knee, wearing a special bandage just below his kneecap and working with the physios every single day. The doctors are reportedly monitoring his knee since last season when all the problems began.
Following the Schalke match, Ronaldo didn’t join the rest of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad in the pre-match training for the El Clasico, but again worked individually with the physios.
What followed was an average performance by the superstar, which couldn’t prevent his side’s 4-3 defeat to Barcelona – the first ever La Liga game after 101 matches in which Ronaldo scored but Real still lost.
There was too little time to recover fully before the match against Sevilla, and despite scoring the opener Ronaldo somehow went missing again.
Ronaldo plans to be back in action against Rayo on Saturday.
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