Cristiano Ronaldo May Miss Champions League Quarterfinal First Leg

Peter CarrollContributor IIIMarch 21, 2011

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 19:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts after taking a fall during the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at Vicente Calderon Stadium on March 19, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo could be ruled out of Real Madrid’s first leg quarter final showdown with Tottenham in the Bernabeu on the fifth of April.

The £80 million man complained about a pain while undergoing a medical and since then, Real Madrid have released a statement claiming Ronaldo could be out for “between two and three weeks depending on progress.”

While Madrid’s top goal scorer will undoubtedly miss Portugal’s upcoming friendlies against Chile and Finland, it still remains to be seen if the Ballon D’or candidate will be fit for the European clash with Harry Redknapp’s Spurs.

The absence of Ronaldo could be pivotal to Real’s chances of progression and even more so to Tottenham Hotspur’s, from an English Premier League point of view.

The North London club drew against West Ham on Saturday, but saw two of their stars returning to duty in Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart. Although the two performed accordingly for 90 minutes, they didn’t seem to hit their usual heights, probably due to lack of full match fitness.

Van der Vaart was basically driven out of the Madrid club and will look to get his revenge on the Spanish giants on the fifth of April. The Dutchman believes he was treated unfairly, even being forced to train by himself at one stage separate to the first team.

Since signing for Tottenham, van der Vaart has become one of the most important players in Redknapp’s starting 11, scoring 10 goals in 20 appearances in the Premier League for the White Hart Lane side.