Zidane admits he doesn't know how long Ronaldo will be out for after ankle injury

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Ronaldo had to be substituted at half-time.

Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo‘s injury absence after the forward had to be substituted at half-time in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Barcelona.

Ronaldo had cancelled out Luis Suarez‘s opener for the unbeaten La Liga champions, but picked up an ankle knock while tapping in Karim Benzema‘s header back across goal from Toni Kroos’ cross.

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,” the Frenchman said in quotes reported on 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.”

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde was pleased with the way his side went about their business with 10 men.

“We made a great effort, since playing with a man down is never easy, still less against Real Madrid because they always find spaces,” he said in quotes on the club’s official website.

“It was a very intense Clasico and we all want to win, in a game of this kind there is always tension.

“The match deserved it, we had a great game despite the difficulties. It’s a shame we couldn’t win.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo to be rested for Real Madrid's clash with Leganes

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Cristiano Ronaldo could be rested for Real Madrid‘s LaLiga fixture against Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

With the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich just three days after this clash, Zinedine Zidane would be happy to give the forward some rest.

Los Blancos have conceded the title race to rivals Barcelona and with the focus now solely on the Champions League, this decision will make sense.

The Portugal superstar though didn’t have a memorable game against Jupp Heynckes’ team at the Allianz Arena despite his team winning 2-1, thanks to goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio.

Ronaldo with Madrid’s win became the player with the most Champion League wins under his belt (96), beating former team mate Iker Casillas in the list.

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Former Real Madrid defender backs Cristiano Ronaldo to fire 'favourites' past Bayern Munich

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Real Madrid face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash and Fernando Sanz believes they are favourites.

The former Madrid defender is confident that Cristiano Ronaldo will keep up his end-of-season form and guide Los Blancos past the German outfit.

“Everyone knows Cristiano Ronaldo. His physical condition even now at 33 years old, he’s still in amazing shape,” Sanz, the Director General for La Liga in the MENA region, told Sport360 at the du La Liga Champions final last week.

“The same as last season, at the end of it, he shows to everyone the quality, the concentration in the big games,” he added.

Sanz insists Madrid are favourites to win the tournament as they are every year.

“Real Madrid in the Champions League are always favourites. They’re the club that has won more Champions (Leagues) in history.

“The semi-finals you always play against a big club. Bayern Munich are a big club.

“But at the end of the day Real Madrid has nothing to do in La Liga and are just focused on the Champions League.”

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