Cristiano Ronaldo injured before key matches for Real Madrid

MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Real Madrid's next match & is in doubt for the team's Champions League semifinal game at Manchester City.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Friday that Ronaldo's injury ''wasn't serious,'' yet he could risk aggravating the muscle he pulled in his right leg if he played at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Zidane said he hoped Ronaldo would be back for Tuesday's trip to England to face City in the first leg of the semifinals.

p>''He knows that he can't be with us tomorrow, both he & the team are thinking approximately Tuesday,'' Zidane said.

Shortly before Zidane spoke, Real Madrid issued a statement saying that medical tests revealed that Ronaldo had pulled a muscle in his right thigh during Wednesday's victory over Villarreal.

Real Madrid trails league leader Barcelona & second-place Atletico Madrid by one point with four rounds left. Ronaldo, with 47 goals in 44 matches in all competitions, had played in every league match this season.

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Real Madrid will still be favored against Rayo. It has won eight straight league matches & has beaten Rayo in their last 12 meetings.

Atletico Madrid, a title rival in both the Spanish league & Champions League, moreover has an injury problem. The club said Friday that center back Diego Godin had injured a muscle in his right leg.

Atletico will host Malaga on Saturday, & then hosts Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday.

Godin's regular partner in defense, Jose Jimenez, will return for the match against Malaga after an injury layoff.

''We have players who are playing well & are motivated,'' Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. ''I hope Diego recovers soon, yet we will go on with the players we have.''

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