Real Madrid warmed up for the Champions League final next Saturday with a routine 3-1 victory over Espanyol in their final La Liga match of the season.
Before the game, however, supporters inside the Santiago Bernabeu stadium were given a scare as Cristiano Ronaldo pulled out of the matchday squad as a precaution over an injury.
The former Manchester United ace has reportedly been carrying an injury for quite some time, and it appears to be catching up with him as he has missed a number of matches recently, including the Copa del Rey final.
With arguably Madrid’s biggest game since their Champions League final victory 12 years ago just around the corner, losing Ronaldo to injury would be a massive blow to their chances of winning La Decima – the 10th European Cup in their illustrious history.
Fortunately, it appears that the 29-year-old may get the opportunity to add to the Champions League medal he won while at United as boss Carlo Ancelotti remained calm over the situation.
'Cristiano had confidence after training. We have taken risks and we have done some tests which points to a small spasm. He has time to recover for the final, we are calm', he said after the match, quoted by Spanish press Sportyou.
Since leaving the Red Devils, Ronaldo has scored 251 goals in 245 appearances for Madrid. His phenomenal performances have seen him reclaim the Ballon d’Or from Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, and another Champions League crown this season will certainly help him stake his claim when vying for the 2014 award.