Substitution just a precaution: Ronaldo

Published: 25 November, 2013 01:23 IST | AFP |

Cristiano Ronaldo is hopeful he could be fit to face Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday despite being forced off with an injury during Real Madrid's 5-0 win away to Almeria on Saturday.

Ronaldo had opened the scoring after just three minutes to continue his remarkable form of late. However, he was replaced be Jese Rodriguez just six minutes into the second period after pulling up with a slight muscle strain.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

“It was a precaution. It was nothing special. They gave me a kick in the first-half and I felt the muscle was a bit stiff,” he told the club’s website.

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was also happy that his star man will not be sidelined for long and indicated the full extent of any injury will be confirmed later.

“I don’t think it is serious because he is not in pain. It is a muscle strain so I hope he will be fine soon,” said Ancelotti.

Ronaldo’s injury aside, it was another fine evening for Los Blancos, who have now scored 20 goals in their last four league outings. Karim Benzema doubled their advantage just two minutes after Ronaldo’s withdrawal with a fine curling effort from the edge of the area.

Gareth Bale then registered his fourth goal in five games before fine finishes from Isco and Alvaro Morata rounded off the scoring to keep Madrid just six points behind Barcelona at the top of the table.

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