Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a boost ahead of their Champions League quarterfinal tie with Real Madrid with the news that winger Cristiano Ronaldo could miss the game with a hamstring injury.
The £80 million man was substituted with 18 minutes remaining during the Madrid derby at the weekend, and after a scan the Portuguese international was ruled out for three weeks by the club's medical staff.
"After a medical control and scan at the Sanitas hospital, Cristiano Ronaldo is suffering from a first-grade lesion to the hamstring in his left leg. The player will be out for three weeks," a club statement read.
As well as the tie with Spurs, Ronaldo is expected to miss Portugal's friendly double-header against Chile and Finland, along with Madrid's La Liga game with Sporting Gijon.
But with the club still five points behind Barcelona in La Liga and still to face the Catalans, who thrashed Madrid 5-0 at the Nou Camp earlier in the season, the Champions League was seen as perhaps their best chance of picking up a trophy and the loss of the 26-year-old will hit their chances of overcoming this year's surprise package in Europe.
Harry Redknapp's side have already upset the odds by beating both Milan sides on the way to the quarterfinals, and their hopes of causing another upset against the nine-time winners have been boosted with the news of Ronaldo's injury woe.
However, with the 2009 World Player of the Year expected to be out for only three weeks, he should return in-time for the return leg at White Hart Lane, for his first competitive game in England since his move from Manchester United.
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