Spanish Primera Liga

Ronaldo injury blow for Madrid

March 4, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be out of action for two weeks with a hamstring injury, the Spanish club have confirmed.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
GettyImagesCristiano Ronaldo hurt his leg in Real Madrid's 7-0 win

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Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Thursday night's 7-0 win over Malaga but limped off the Bernabeu pitch in the 77th minute, immediately after scoring his final goal.

The Portuguese international, who is joint top scorer in La Liga with 27 goals, had a scan on Friday morning, which confirmed he would need a 10-15 day lay-off.

Ronaldo, 26, has appeared in every league game so far this season, with his goals helping his side retain a semblance of hope of reducing the seven-point gap between themselves and Liga leaders Barcelona.

But he now looks set to miss Sunday's game with Racing Santander and the subsequent meeting with Hercules, as well being doubtful for the second leg of Madrid's Champions League tie with Lyon, which is currently level at 1-1.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Cristiano Ronaldo has a Grade 1 muscle injury on the left biceps femoris muscle (hamstring). The player will miss 10-15 days. His recovery is being monitored.''

Ronaldo could target the Madrid derby on March 19 to make his return.