Updates from Saturday, April 26
Real Madrid provide an update on Cristiano Ronaldo's status from Carlo Ancelotti:
Updates from Friday, April 25
Cristiano Ronaldo will be part of Real Madrid's team when they host Osasuna in La Liga this weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti confirmed, via the club's official Twitter:
Updates from Thursday, April 24
Cristiano Ronaldo has assured Real Madrid fans his knee suffered no ill-effects to Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with Bayern Munich.
Ronaldo was taken off in the second half of the 1-0 win, but confirmed after the final whistle he expects to be fit for the weekend visit of Osasuna in La Liga. The Daily Mail's Mike Dawes provides the quotes:
I felt great and I'll be ready for the next games.
I didn't force anything to play, I felt good, so I played. Cristiano's back to help the team win.
Boss Carlo Ancelotti also delivered a positive update on Ronaldo, per Madrid's official Twitter:
Ronaldo later tweeted:
Updates from Wednesday, April 23
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be fit to start Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich.
Hugo Cerezo of Marca reported ahead of the game:
Cristiano has recovered in time to play. The Portuguese trained normally on Tuesday. He looked motivated and appeared to enjoy playing 'piggy in the middle'. He wasn't nervous, like he was on the eve of the Dortmund game. If his body language is anything to go by, Ronaldo is a happy man. He'll start.
Sky Sports confirmed Ronaldo's inclusion in the starting lineup:
Updates from Tuesday, April 22
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo has a chance of returning for Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich.
However, he faces a late test, per Madrid's official Twitter:
Updates from Monday, April 21
Real Madrid confirms Cristiano Ronaldo continues to train ahead of the team's Champions League match on Wednesday:
Updates from Friday, April 18
AS confirms Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training:
Updates from Thursday, April 17
Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to be fit for Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich, but admits he may only be back for the return match.
Ronaldo told Spanish television broadcaster TVE (h/t the Daily Mail):
I don't feel any more pain.
Let's see if Wednesday I am fine or for the second leg. Little by little I am getting better and what I want most is to return as soon as possible to help the team.
Updates from Tuesday, April 15
Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Tuesday that Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the Copa del Rey final between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Ancelotti said the following, via Madrid's official Twitter and ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:
Ancelotti: “Ronaldo will not be there, we know that since this morning. But team has always reacted well to absences & will again tomorrow"— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 15, 2014
Ancelotti: "Cristiano’s absence makes everyone more motivated. We have played very well in games he’s missed, worked more, ran more.”— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 15, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 11
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo has a thigh injury, but is unsure if he will miss the midweek Copa del Rey final, per Real Madrid's official Twitter:
Updates from Thursday, April 10
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the Copa del Rey final between Real Madrid and Barcelona due to injury, according to reports.
Spanish daily AS tweeted on Thursday:
BREAKING: Cristiano will miss Wednesday's Copa del Rey final after suffering a thigh muscle tear. He faces 15 days on the sidelines.— AS English (@English_AS) April 10, 2014
Madrid's official Twitter failed to confirm the timeframe of Ronaldo's absence, but did report the injury:
Updates from Wednesday, April 9
Carlo Ancelotti played down growing fears over Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness, after he was an unused substitute during Real Madrid's 2-0 Champions League defeat to Dortmund.
Ancelotti said ahead of Saturday's visit of Almeria, per the club's official website:
Cristiano was fine, we didn't want to risk him, because of the intensity of the tie, and we didn't have to. Hopefully he's better soon and he is ready for the semi-final. It's not a big problem because if it were, he wouldn't have been on the bench. He has time to recover and could play on Saturday.
Manu Sainz of AS had more on Ronaldo's injured knee:
Cristiano Ronaldo has undergone a further MRI scan to ascertain the current condition of his left knee. The Real Madrid man travelled to the Clínica Sanitas La Moraleja in the Spanish capital for tests on his injured patellar tendon, which forced him to sit out the match against Real Sociedad at the weekend, as well as Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking after Madrid sealed an aggregate win at theSignal Iduna Park despite a 2-0 defeat to Dortmund, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Cristiano was left out as a precaution and will be available for Saturday’s league clash against Almería. However, other sources insist that he will also be rested this weekend and that the aim is to ensure the Portugal international is fully fit for the Copa del Rey final on 16 April.
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the bench for tonight's Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund (via Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports):
Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) April 8, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 7
Cristiano Ronaldo is in the squad for Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund.
Madrid's official website reported:
Cristiano Ronaldo joined the training session on the pitch [as] Madrid returned to training and completed a recovery session two days before the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Borussia Dortmund in Signal Iduna Park.
Carlo Ancelotti oversaw Casillas and Jesus, who worked on specifics with goalkeeper coach Villiam Vecchi, and outfield players Cristiano Ronaldo, [Angel] Di Maria, [Alvaro] Morata, [Raphael] Varane, Casemiro, [Fabio] Coentrao and Castilla striker Willian Jose. The 11 players who started in the rout against Real Sociedad worked inside Madrid's facilities, while [Sami] Khedira, [Alvaro] Arbeloa, Jese and Marcelo were the absentees.
Dermot Corrigan of ESPN had more on the training session:
The Los Blancos coach told his pre-game news conference that if the Champions League’s current top scorer would have a chance to prove his fitness in Monday evening's training session at the Westfalenstadion, but reporters at the session immediately afterwards saw the player leave the pitch early showing clear signs of discomfort.
"Ronaldo has had some treatment and trained at low intensity," Ancelotti had said. "We will decide after today’s training, and see whether he is okay or feels uncomfortable. If he is at 100 percent he will play, if not he will not."
Updates from Sunday, April 6
Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training, courtesy of AS.com's Staff:
Real Madrid returned to training following their important 0-4 win at the Anoeta against Real Sociedad. Cristiano Ronaldo also returned to the pitch alongside the subs from San Sebastián two days before the Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Borussia Dortmund
Cristiano was able to train freely and without pain, and his intention is to play on Tuesday. He missed the game with La Real as a precaution and now looks ready to be unleashed.
Updates from Friday, April 4
Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Real Madrid's trip to Real Sociedad on Saturday, confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti.
The Real Madrid boss revealed, via ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:
Ancelotti: “On Tuesday Ronaldo will be fresher, he can recover better. He has played a lot of consecutive games. We just want him to rest.”— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 4, 2014
Ancelotti: "Bale is playing very well, very consistent, at the moment. He could change position with Cristiano missing tomorrow.”— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 4, 2014
Ancelotti: “I've spoken with Ronaldo, we decided together it was best to rest. Its normal he wants to play all games, but thers no problem.”— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 4, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo's injury put a slight damper on Real Madrid's 3-0 first-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Spanish football journalist Dermot Corrigan reported that the reigning Ballon d'Or winner was forced to limp off the pitch in the dying stages of the match:
Third change is Ronaldo limping slowly off the pitch [it's the knee] with Casemiro on for last few minutes.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 2, 2014
AS.com provides an update on his injury:
Ancelotti: "It's nothing serious with Cristiano, just a slight niggle in his knee".— AS English (@English_AS) April 2, 2014
This doesn't come as a huge surprise, as the Daily Mail reported earlier in the week that Ronaldo's knee was bothering him. His status for Wednesday's fixture was up in the air, and some wondered if Carlo Ancelotti would be forced to rest the Portuguese star.
Ronaldo started and played 80 minutes before being subbed off for Casemiro. He also scored Madrid's third and final goal of the game in the 57th minute.
It was his 14th of this Champions League campaign, tying Lionel Messi's record, per ESPN FC:
Ronaldo is now tied with Messi from 2011/12 for most goals in a Champions League season (14). pic.twitter.com/0F1iIZt16J— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 2, 2014
Ronaldo also tied Alfredo Di Stefano's club record for most goals in the Champions League/European Cup, per beIN Sports' Kay Murray:
Ronaldo equals Di Stefano's record of 49 goals in the European Cup for Real Madrid & scores on his 100th #UCL match. 100 games - 64 goals.— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) April 2, 2014
Any time Ronaldo gets hurt, it's the subject of much consternation in the Spanish capital. Given his prior problems, though, his knee wouldn't appear to be a major problem.
Don't be surprised if he misses Madrid's upcoming La Liga clash with Real Sociedad and is doubtful next week for the second leg against Dortmund.