Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid has suffered a real setback on his hamstring injury. The club addressed the reigning Ballon d’Or recipient, suggesting Ronaldo could be sidelined as many as 15 days of football. If out for that long, Ronaldo would not play in the Copa del Rey final against FC Barcelona next Wednesday along with the first leg of Madrid’s Champions League semi final match.
Madrid’s manager Carlo Ancelotti has not officially ruled out the Portuguese winger for the cup final, he even suggested his star could have played on Tuesday; though Ronaldo’s hamstring setback could not have come at a worse time.
Carlo Ancelotti on Ronaldo’s Injury
Cristiano did not get injured in the training before the second leg. If we say that he has a chance to play the Copa del Rey Final, that is because it is not a very serious injury. We need to wait.
Cristiano Ronaldo is undergoing treatment, and Ancelotti and his coaching staff will have to wait before making a decision for the Copa del Rey Final.
Madrid was able to advance to the Champions League final four without Ronaldo’s help, but played sluggish in the process. Real nearly blew a 3-0 aggregate against last year’s runners up, getting past Borussia Dortmund by the skin of their teeth with a final tally of 3-2. Without even playing in the second leg against Dortmund, Ronaldo proved how valuable of a player he is as Madrid lacked intensity that he provides.
Ronaldo leads all La Liga goal scorers with 28 goals in 27 appearances, 45 for Real Madrid in all competitions. His ability to score goals and lead counter attacks has proved invaluable against Barcelona in the past; Real Madrid will find it difficult to replace these qualities if Ronaldo doesn’t suit up next Wednesday. Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are very capable goal scorers for Madrid, though can’t quite provide Ronaldo’s ability to spread the field.
The Copa del Rey final between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will be played next Wednesday at the Mastalla Stadium in Valencia. Regardless if Ronaldo plays or sits, Barcelona’s attack of Lionel Messi, Neymar and more are fit and expected to play.