Madrid — Cristiano Ronaldo has pulled a muscle in his right
leg and could miss critical matches in both the Spanish league and Champions
Real Madrid said Friday that medical tests revealed that
Ronaldo had pulled a muscle in his right thigh during Wednesday's victory over
Villarreal. The club did not specify how long it expects the Portugal forward
to be sidelined.
Atletico Madrid, a title rival in both competitions, also
has an injury problem. The club said Friday that center back Diego Godin had
injured a muscle in his right leg.
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Real Madrid visits crosstown rival Rayo Vallecano on
Saturday, trailing league leader Barcelona and second-place Atletico by one
point. The team, coached by Zinedine Zidane, then travels to England to face
Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday.
Ronaldo leads Madrid with 47 goals in 44 appearances this
Atletico will host Malaga on Saturday, and then hosts Bayern
Munich in the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday.
"We have players who are playing well and are
motivated," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "I hope Diego recovers
soon, but we will go on with the players we have."
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