Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has played down the leg problem which forced Cristiano Ronaldo off towards the end of their UEFA Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, saying it was just a niggle.
Ronaldo was substituted in the 80th minute of the 3-0 quarter-final first-leg victory at the Bernabeu after receiving treatment on the pitch for what looked like a problem with his left knee. However, Ancelotti does not think it is anything serious, saying after the match: “He was bothered a bit by his knee, we needed to defend and to avoid any risks, we’ve substituted him. It’s not a problem. He isn’t injured.”
Ancelotti did say, though, that they would not take any chances with the Portuguese international, adding: “We’ll see how it goes. At this moment we’re not concerned by the niggle.
“If it continues, naturally we’ll rest him but we’re not thinking about that because the player is calm. There’s not a problem at the moment.”
Ronaldo has been in prolific goalscoring form again for Madrid this season, and was on the mark against Dortmund to earn himself a place in the record books. His neat finish to put Madrid 3-0 up saw him equal the record of 14 goals in a single European Cup season shared by Lionel Messi and Jose Altafini.
Blanc discusses Ibra injury
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said he was concerned after top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off injured in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Chelsea.
The Swede had to be substituted midway through the second half of PSG’s 3-1 quarter-final first-leg victory at the Parc des Princes after appearing to hurt his right thigh while playing a pass to Christophe Jallet in midfield.
“It’s a muscular problem. He will see the doctor tomorrow (Thursday),” confirmed Blanc, who immediately decided to replace the striker with Brazilian winger Lucas. “He wanted to continue but I thought honestly that it wasn’t reasonable. I hope he comes back as soon as possible because we need him.”
Ibrahimovic, who has scored a club record-breaking 40 goals in all competitions this season, including ten in the Champions League, faces a race against time to be fit for the second leg at Stamford Bridge next Tuesday.