Cristiano Ronaldo injury: Zinedine Zidane refuses to put time frame on Real Madrid star’s return

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence.

The top scoring forward was substituted at half-time in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Barcelona when he injured his ankle.

Ronaldo, scored his 25th goal of the season and 42nd in all competitions, when he cancelled out Luis Suarez’s opener, but picked up a knock in the process.

With the Champions League final against Liverpool three weeks away, Zidane insisted it was too early to speculate about the extent of the injury.

“I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” he told Real’s official website.

“He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow.

“We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.”

Barca had Sergi Roberto sent off in first-half stoppage-time following a clash with Marcelo, but regained the lead through Lionel Messi seven minutes after the interval.

Gareth Bale then curled home a first-time effort with 18 minutes remaining to leave Real three points behind city rivals Atletico in the race for second, albeit with a game in hand.

“I’d have liked to have won,” added Zidane.

“There was nothing at stake but it was a good Clasico – high intensity and chances. They played well and so did we.

“Everyone who likes football can be happy with a game like that. Football is always more important than the controversy that you want to create.

“We had a good opportunity to win today, clearly, we had a lot of chances to score, especially in the first half. In the end it was a draw and that’s that. There are two games left and, in the end, Barcelona will finish the season unbeaten.”

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