Cristiano Ronaldo has caused Real Madrid an awful fright after appearing to go down injured in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Villarreal on Wednesday night.
With the game entering its final minute and Los Blancos cruising to a 3-0 win, fans would have forgiven their charismatic No.7 if he had allowed Karim Benzema's speculative cross to be cleared.
But being the warrior he is, Ronaldo launched an equally speculative bicycle kick. He failed to connect with the ball and opposing defender Eric Bailly cleared with ease.
Bailly and Ronaldo both landed in a heap but it was the 31-year-old who was slow to recover. Indeed, by the time he got to his feet, it was clear the three-time Ballon d'Or winner was in some discomfort.
Grabbing his hamstring, Ronaldo walked off the field and went straight down the tunnel. It left Real Madrid to see out injury time with ten men and also gave Zinedine Zidane plenty to worry about.
Ronaldo is now a doubt for Saturday's game against Rayo Vallecano, but, more concerning, he could also miss Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester City.
Zidane did not seem overly concerned in his pre-match press conference despite the fact he refused to say whether the injury was serious or not.
"Ronaldo felt something just at the end," Zidane told reporters. "But at the moment I cannot say anything. I believe it was more a fright than anything serious. We will see tomorrow exactly what he has. I was worried when I saw him leaving the pitch, but I am more relaxed now."
Ronaldo will no doubt be keen to play against relegation candidates Vallecano on Saturday night, if only for his personal pursuits. He scored twice in a 10-2 win over them earlier in the season and needs another display like that to fend of Luis Suarez's challenge for the Pichichi.
The Barcelona star's four-goal haul against Deportivo saw him finish Wednesday just one goal behind Ronaldo (31 to 30). Should he miss the game against Rayo, few would bet against Suarez leading the race by the time the weekend is over.
Barcelona welcome another relegation candidate Sporting Gijon to the Nou Camp on Saturday and will be looking to dish out the same kind of treatment they gave Deportivo.
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