Real Madrid's Zidane elaborates on Ronaldo ankle injury

Cristiano Ronaldo gave a major scare to Real Madrid during the El Clasico against Barcelona, which they drew 2-2, on Sunday when he went down with an ankle injury in the first-half.

The Portuguese superstar suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Barcelona, resulting in him being substituted at half time.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he can not worry about players getting injured ahead of the Champions League final as he attempts to claim second place in LaLiga.

UEFA said: "The Champions League titleholder is guaranteed a place in the group stage, even if it does not qualify for the competition through its domestic championship".

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"I like to have the best and Neymar is, maybe I saw him a little easier going through PSG first than Barça to Madrid directly", the Spaniard said late a year ago.

Some concerned Real Madrid supporters have shown their fear of not seeing their star forward, who has scored 15 goals in 12 European appearances this season in the final against Liverpool in Kiev on May 26.

Gareth Bale stepped up in his absence and cancelled out Lionel Messi's wonderstrike, but given the proximity of his injury to the final the hope was he would miss out at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium.

Highlighting the importance of Ronaldo's influence in the national squad, former Real Madrid manager claimed, "Portugal have an interesting team".

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Some of the other players Isco and Dani Carvajal were also injured but Zidane is hopeful that all these players will be fit for the final match.

Sir Alex, who won a record 13 Premier League titles with Manchester United, was said last night to be "doing well" in Salford Royal Hospital. He really wants to get back and always wants to play. It would be ideal if he was able to play against Villarreal.

"It's a little sprain but there's not a lot of damage". After this World Cup, both players will be defying the numbers again should they triumph at Qatar 2022, with Messi and Ronaldo set to be 35 and 37 respectively when that edition begins.

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  • Jill Young