Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return for Real Madrid's La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, despite the fact the eye injury he suffered during the 2-1 win at Levante last weekend was still affecting his vision 48 hours after it happened, reports ESPN Soccernet.

The 27-year-old forward was ruled out of Portugal's international friendly in Gabon this week after picking up the facial injury, courtesy of a flailing elbow from Levante defender David Navarro, prompting his substitution at half-time.

Portuguese FA doctor Henrique Jones revealed the incident led to "dizzy spells, problems with his vision and a headache" after the game. And, according to Spanish newspaper AS, Ronaldo - who is still unable to open his left eye fully - is now considering small cosmetic surgery to remove any scarring on his face.

Even so, the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee is recovering well and sent a message to his fans on Facebook, complete with photo, to show his appreciation for the support he has received over the past few days.

"Thank you for the messages that you sent in the past days," he posted. "I'm feeling better and hope to be back 100% asap."

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