Ronaldo facing spell on sidelines

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo could be sidelined for up to three weeks due to a hamstring injury, leaving him with a race against time to be fit for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Tottenham.

Ronaldo recently missed two games with a hamstring problem but returned to action in Wednesday's Champions League game against Lyon. He also started Saturday night's derby against Atletico Madrid, playing around 70 minutes in both matches before being replaced.

The £80million man complained of pain in his left thigh following the derby and he underwent medical tests, where the extent of the damage was confirmed.

According to a statement on the Madrid website, Ronaldo is now likely to be absent for "between two to three weeks, depending on his progress".

Ronaldo is now set to miss Portugal's upcoming friendlies against Chile and Finland, and it remains to be seen if he will be fit for Madrid's league match against Sporting Gijon in a fortnight's time and the Champions League clash with Tottenham on April 5.

Nine-times European champions Madrid reached the last eight of the Champions League for the first time in seven years after knocking out Lyon in midweek.

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