Cristiano Ronaldo is a major doubt for Real Madrid ahead of their Champions League showdown with Manchester City next week.
Madrid confirmed that Ronaldo suffered a thigh muscle strain and may not be available for selection in Real Madrid.
The Portuguese star who has 47 goals in 46 appearances so far this season, picked up the injury during Madrid’s 3-0 win over Villarreal on Wednesday evening.
Ronaldo initially looked to have played down fears of any long-term injury post match at the Bernabeu, but further tests have now revealed that he is facing a potential spell on the sidelines.
Madrid face a short trip to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday afternoon, which will almost certainly come too soon for the Portuguese, while Tuesday’s European tie at the Etihad Stadium may also be out of the question.
A club statement read: “Following tests carried out today on Cristiano Ronaldo, he has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his right thigh. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
Zinedine Zidane admitted on Wednesday that he should have withdrawn his top-scoring attacker earlier against Villarreal to prevent fatigue and injury problems setting in following a testy campaign to date.