Cristiano Ronaldo suffered an injury when he was on International duty with Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a huge set back when he injured his hamstring during Portugal’s 1-1 draw against Serbia at Estádio da Luz on Monday night. The Portuguese International initially carried on playing, but he withdrew when was not able to move his feet his ease and signaled the bench to substitute him out in the first half.
Dusan Tadic opened the scoring for the visitors through a spot-kick, but the score was level when the midfielder Danilo Pereira scored a thunderbolt from outside the penalty box four minutes before the first half. Despite having plenty of chances of going ahead in the game, the Portuguese forwards were wasteful in front of the goal and missed many opportunities in the second 45 minutes of the match.
The reigning European Champions have played both their games in this International break which will see Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Turin. Both the games have been disappointments by picking up only two points, but the Italian outfit will be sweating on his fitness as the Champions League Quarterfinals is beckoning.
Cristiano Ronaldo said that he is not worried and could possibly face one or two weeks on the sidelines. Speaking in the post-match interview, the Portuguese Skipper said “I’m not worried, because I know perfectly my body,” Ronaldo said following Monday’s draw.
“It happens, it’s football. Who’s out there risks it. I’m calm, because I know I’m going to be back well in one or two weeks with no problem.”
Even though he is sounding confident about his return to the Serie A action, Juventus will be sweating on their fitness to reinstate the record Champions League holder in the Quarterfinals clash against Ajax on April 10th at Amsterdam Arena.
The Old Lady released a statement confirming that he suffered a minor injury, although the time scale has not been mentioned.
The statement read as follows: “After being forced to go out during the 30th minute of the match between Portugal and Serbia (Euro 2020 Qualifier), Cristiano Ronaldo underwent examinations in Portugal that showed an apparent minor injury to his right thigh flexors. His condition will be monitored and will be subjected to new investigations to define the resumption of competitive activity.”
Although Juventus confirmed only the injury, the English outlet Sky Sports report that the Portuguese International must be fit in time to face Ajax in the Champions League.
It was his inspirational performance which enabled his side to bounce back from a 2-0 deficit against Atletico Madrid and progress to the next round of the competition. The former Real Madrid forward scored a hat-trick to sink his former rivals Atletico Madrid at Allianz Stadium earlier this month.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was in full praise of the whole team following the victory. The Italian International said “We weren’t perfect, but we did do well to remain concentrated,”
“There was the risk of taking a hysterical approach to the game, as the idea of the comeback had been talked about so much, but we had 95 minutes to get the job done. We did very well and the team deserve congratulations.
“It would’ve been really strange for Ronaldo to end his Champions League season with only one goal. He did well and the lads all contributed, including the fans providing a marvellous backdrop for the match. I think we gave a wonderful evening of football to all those passionate about the sport in Italy.” said Allegri.
Cristiano Ronaldo imitated Diego Simeone’s celebration by showing cojones following the victory over Atletico Madrid at Turin. The reigning Italian Champions are already 15 points ahead of second-placed Napoli and it looks like a formality to play all the remaining domestic game. But, Massimiliano Allegri’s men will be eager to end their 23 years Champions League drought this year having splashed 100 million on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner last summer.
Here’s how Twitter reacted..
Cristiano Ronaldo has just been hauled off with what appears to be a muscular injury to his right leg. The Juve star pulled up as he sprinted for the ball and quickly signalled to the bench he was unable to play on…https://t.co/y63MTEJ8eX pic.twitter.com/LAgVgN5cj5
— AS English (@English_AS) March 25, 2019
“Looking at the way he has been injured, it will be difficult for him to reach the first leg of the Champions’ League quarterfinals” – AS’ own medical analyst gives his assessment of Ronaldo injury…https://t.co/1ZrFvOhMx6
— AS English (@English_AS) March 25, 2019
“I’ll know more in 24 or 48 hours.”
Juventus face a nervous wait to find out the extent of the injury Cristiano Ronaldo picked up whilst playing for Portugal.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 26, 2019
— Sportskeeda (@Sportskeeda) March 26, 2019
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) March 26, 2019
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 26, 2019
Before facing Ajax in the Champions League, the reigning Italian Champions will play Empoli, Cagliari, and AC Milan in the Serie A as they prepare to lift their eight straight Serie A title.