Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane opens up on Cristiano Ronaldo injury after 2-2 draw with FC Barcelona
Posted: 7 May 2018 Time: 09:30
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has issued an update on Cristiano Ronaldo's injury after the club-record goalscorer was hauled off at half-time in El Clasico last night.
Ronaldo scored the equaliser at the Camp Nou to take his overall tally to 43 goals in 42 games across all competitions but was surprisingly substituted at the break - with Real holding an advantage of Sergi Roberto's sending off.
Zidane's decision to bring Marco Asensio for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner raised eyebrows and concern over his fitness with the upcoming UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
However, the French tactician claimed it was a precautionary measure to protect 33-year-old.
"It doesn't feel good right now, but I think it's going to be small [problem], it's just a knock," he said after the game, as quoted by Marca.
"Don't worry about the final, he will be there. I cannot tell you how long [Ronaldo will be out for], but he said that he thinks it isn't much. We will see tomorrow.
"We will see what we have to do, and the damage that has been done. It was a little swollen, but as I say, it wasn't much."