Cristiano Ronaldo Injury: Updates on Real Madrid Star's Eye Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2012

VALENCIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 11:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring during the La Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid at Ciutat de Valencia on November 11, 2012 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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You can bet Real Madrid fans are holding their collective breath right now, as star forward Cristiano Ronaldo had to leave Sunday's game with an eye injury.

From the Press Association (via ESPN):

Cristiano Ronaldo has been withdrawn from the Portugal squad to take on Gabon on Wednesday due to a nasty eye injury he suffered in Real Madrid's 2-1 victory at Levante on Sunday night.

Ronaldo was ruled unfit by Portugal national team doctors on Monday.

As head coach Jose Mourinho noted after the game (via Stefan Coerts of Goal.com), "He's dizzy. In the first half he was unable to see properly with that eye, but during the break he couldn't see properly with either."

I'm no doctor, but that sounds like he may have been showing concussion symptoms alongside the cut.

Before you go making jokes about Ronaldo being soft since it's so popular to dislike him, take a look at this video. Ronaldo got jacked up.

Portugal should be able to handle Gabon without him, but a lengthy absence would certainly have Real Madrid fans panicking a bit. Los Blancos may have incredible (and expensive) depth, but it's never easy losing your best player to injury.

Ronaldo came back into the game and actually scored a goal after this incident, so I highly doubt he'll miss too much time. 

He's been excellent once again this season, scoring 21 goals and adding assists in all competitions for Real Madrid this season. He's a year removed from scoring an astonishing 64 goals for the club last season.

As always, keep it here as developments on the Ronaldo front become available.

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