Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to ditch Real Madrid's world-class medical facility and seek his own treatment in a bid to recover from a troublesome thigh injury.
The Portuguese stalwart was forced to sit out the recent Champions League semi-final against Manchester City after suffering a setback in the hours leading up to the game.
According to Sport, who cite fellow Spanish newspaper AS, that setback was the "straw that broke the camel's back", leaving Ronaldo with no option but to seek alternatives.
Without him, Real Madrid failed to break down a stubborn City side and will go into the second leg with the score at 0-0. There is some doubt as to whether Ronaldo will be involved in that game, but he is making every effort to get there.
The report claims that the 31-year-old has turned to physiotherapist Joaquin Juan, who works with basketball star Pau Gasol. He will reportedly take Ronaldo through the course of stem cell treatment; news that we brought to you earlier in the day.
Despite suffering almost no injury problems this season, Ronaldo is reportedly fed up with the services on offer in the Bernabeu treatment room and is not alone. Indeed, the same story claims many other senior players do not believe the medical department, led by Jesus Olmo, is up to scratch.
The report does not go as far as naming players, but one who will have got to know the medical staff very well this season is Gareth Bale. The Welsh winger has spent more time in the treatment room than on the pitch this season as he continues to struggle with a myriad of muscle problems.
Ronaldo is likely to miss Real Madrid's game against Real Sociedad on Saturday despite their ongoing struggle to leapfrog Atletico and Barcelona in La Liga. They sit just one point behind both of them with three games to go.
"The issues which Cristiano had have not cleared up,” Emilio Butragueno, Madrid’s director of football, said following Tuesday’s goalless draw. “It's better that he does not play."
His mother, however, believes he will be ready for the second leg.
"He is fine, he is not at 100 per cent, but he is at 80 per cent," Dolores Aveiro told reporters. "I think that he will be back next week.
"Ronaldo is a person who always wants more. He is like his mother. He has a strong personality, he is very proud and he always demands more. This is his worst defect."
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