Cristiano Ronaldo is desperate to return to action as soon as possible.
So much so that he is turning down advice from Real Madrid’s medical advice in favour of help from Barcelona’s doctors.
That is according to Spanish newspaper Sport. They claim that Ronaldo has given the green light for one of the doctors treating his thigh injury to seek a second opinion from Barcelona’s medical team.
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The three-time Ballon d’Or winner is said to be impressed with the professionalism of the work conducted by the staff at the Camp Nou and is willing to try anything to recover in time for Madrid’s Champions League game against Manchester City on Wednesday.
The medical department at Los Blancos took some fire on Saturday when Goal claimed that they failed to carry out a routine MRI scan on the day Ronaldo suffered the injury, which delayed the diagnosis of the muscle tear.
His status for Wednesday’s game hangs in the balance. According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Ronaldo will decide himself whether he will play.
"The latest is that he has been treated by physios and doctors away from Real Madrid, which confirms the medical crisis at the club," Balague told Sky Sports.
"Some are saying there is no tear, others say there is. I believe there is a tear, and he wants to treat it with stem cell treatment, which could speed the healing process.
"It would still be tender, so it's a risk for certain, but the stem cell treatment could help him recover. He will decide on the day, and Zidane will follow whatever Cristiano decides."
Ronaldo has scored 47 goals this season and Madrid’s attack was toothless in his absence from the 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium.