Desperate times call for desperate measures, they say, and it seems Real Madrid are willing to take the same approach with injured superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese is currently out of action with a hamstring injury and missed Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Manchester City as a result.
Los Blancos greatly struggled without their talisman at the Etihad, with Gareth Bale and co. failing to carve clear-cut opportunities throughout and settling for a 0-0 draw to take back to the Spanish capital.
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And Real will now take action to ensure the same doesn’t happen in the second leg at the Bernabeu.
The Sun reports that Ronaldo will undergo revolutionary stem cell therapy in order to be fit to face Manuel Pellegrini’s side next Wednesday.
The 31-year-old’s injury was initially suspected to be little more than cramp, yet scans in Manchester unveiled a slight tear in his hamstring.
What’s certain is that Ronaldo will miss this weekend’s clash with Real Sociedad, in which Real need all three points to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona, who sit just one point above them.
Not featuring will certainly give the winger a better chance of playing against City, yet medics fear a place on the bench is the best he can hope for.
The treatment Ronaldo will receive is similar to that once given to tennis’ Rafael Nadal, whose knee was injected with a healthy sample of cells extracted from his blood or bone marrow to encourage repair.
Whether this will be enough for the Portugal international to feature against City remains to be seen, yet there’s little doubting his injury is untimely and that he’s needed now more than ever if Real are to secure silverware.
Ronaldo’s goal tally for this season speaks volumes about just how important he is to Los Blancos’ prospects, having scored an incredible 47 goals thus far.
Luckily for the Spanish outfit, though, Ronaldo revealed he would play through injury if it were a final in question.
Former Manchester United teammate and BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves revealed he spoke to the winger prior to the fixture at the Etihad.
“I think he was quite upset at the fact he wasn’t able to play,” he began.
“He said it was just a muscle problem but if it was a final, he probably would have played. But there’s just no risk in terms of the games coming up he didn’t want to risk it."
Hargreaves continued to insist Ronaldo will be back for Real’s next game, yet that now appears out of the question.