Ronaldo suffers muscle injury and is doubt for Santander trip

11:55, March 05, 2011      

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Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will almost certainly miss his side's trip to play Racing Santander on Sunday night as the result of a muscle injury he picked up against Malaga on Thursday night.

Ronaldo had to leave the pitch after scoring his third goal in the 7-0 win after 76 minutes. He suffered a slight muscle injury in his left hamstring.

"In principle I won't be able to play against Racing Santander, but we will have to wait and see. I suffered the injury at the moment I scored the goal and as the result was already assured, I thought it best not to force things," he explained in sports paper Diario AS on Friday morning.

"I am happy with scoring the hat-trick, but also with the attitude that our team showed. Now we have to keep on winning and hope for a miracle. We are still seven points behind Barcelona and that is a big gap, but we are all positive in our attitude," said Ronaldo.

Should he fail to recover from his injury, Real Madrid will certainly miss Ronaldo' s presence away to a Racing Santander side that has not lost in the four matches since Marcelino Garcia returned as coach to replace Miguel Angel Portugal.

Ronaldo has scored 27 goals in the BBVA Primera Liga, the same as Barcelona's Leo Messi and until leaving the pitch, he had been the only Real Madrid player who had played every possible minute of every league match this season.

Source: Xinhua
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