Updates from Tuesday, April 1
Carlo Ancelotti confirmed ahead of the match, per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:
[Ronaldo’s] knee is fine. He also had a small cut but that is okay. He is relaxed and motivated.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to play for the side despite sustaining a minor tendon injury in his left knee.
Eurosport reports that Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the player is receiving treatment and trained on Friday ahead of the team's La Liga clash against at the Santiago Bernabeu Rayo Vallecano this weekend.
Ancelotti said at his news conference: "He has a small problem but it is not having any negative effect at all, I don't think it affects him on the pitch so he'll play tomorrow as normal."
Asked whether he had considered resting Ronaldo for the game, he replied:
It is something we have considered but he doesn't need it at the moment as it's a problem that is being dealt with very well. He is confident and is not complaining about it. But obviously if things get worse we will rest him but at the moment the player is calm and everyone is calm because it really is a small, small problem. He wants to clear it up in the coming days by playing and having treatment.
The Ballon d'Or holder has played 26 times out of a possible 30 league games this season, scoring 27 goals, per Squawka.
Madrid have recently suffered back-to-back defeats in La Liga, beaten at home in El Clasico against Barcelona, and then shockingly slipping to 2-1 loss against Sevilla during the week.
Atletico Madrid top La Liga on 73 points, ahead of their game at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Barcelona play at city rivals Espanyol, and lie a point behind in second.
Real have 70 points in third spot and need a win this weekend to stay in touch with their fellow title-challengers.
The reliance on Ronaldo is heavy, but this is expected because of his phenomenal performance and scoring records. Madrid lie at a crossroads of what was such a promising position only one week previous.
The defeat to Barca was enough to shock them into a surprise defeat against Sevilla just days later, and it will be interesting to see if they still have the stomach for the fight in the next few league matches.
Madrid's interest in the Champions League will also need to be considered, and it could be a case that Ancelotti does opt to rest Ronaldo sooner rather than later.
Alberto G. Caridad of Marca.com gave his opinion about Ronaldo's injury and the impact that it is having on the player.
You don't need to be Einstein to realise that Ronaldo has not been at his best in recent games. He is a victim of his own greatness, but there is an explanation. For some time now the Portuguese ace has had a problem with his left knee, more specifically his patellar tendon.
Since then [the recent Champions League game against Schalke], CR7 has been taking great care of his knee. He wears a special bandage just below the kneecap and works with the physios every single day. The doctors have been monitoring his knee since last season when all the problems began.
They cannot afford to risk his fitness at present if they wish to remain in contention for the major competitions come the end of the season.
With the largest of price tags, Gareth Bale will have to shoulder the burden carried by Ronaldo should the Portuguese attacker need to rest to recover from his minor knocks.
Bale has been impressive of late but will have to step up a gear to provide Madrid with the power and influence that Ronaldo displays on a weekly basis.
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