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Cristiano Ronaldo doubtful for King’s Cup final with muscle injury

Real did not say how long Ronaldo would be sidelined but he would almost certainly not be available for final.

Ronaldo picked up a thigh strain in a training session prior to Real Madrid's game against (Reuters) Ronaldo picked up a thigh strain in a training session prior to Real Madrid’s game against Dortmund on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo may miss Wednesday’s King’s Cup final against Barcelona after his club announced he had a muscle injury in his left thigh.

Real did not say how long the Portugal captain, who has also been suffering from a knee problem, would be sidelined but local media reported he would almost certainly not be available for the final at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium, a repeat of the 2011 showpiece when Ronaldo scored in Real’s 1-0 win.

“Medical tests performed on Cristiano Ronaldo have revealed an injury to the player’s left biceps femoris muscle,” Real said in a brief statement on their website.

Ronaldo was rested for Real’s Champions League game at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, when the Spanish club lost 2-0 but went through to the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

Spanish media reported he had picked up the thigh strain in a training session the previous day, with sports daily As saying he would be out for two weeks.

The two-legged Champions League semi-finals are on April 22/23 and April 29/30. Real are third in La Liga, three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, and host Almeria on Saturday.

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