CRISTIANO INJURY

Official: Cristiano only a strain - out for Rayo, back for City

Real Madrid have confirmed that the injury suffered by Cristiano Ronaldo in the midweek game against Villarreal is only a strain after this morning's scan.

Cristiano Ronaldo will sit out the upcoming game against Rayo Vallecano due to a "strained muscle on his upper right leg", according to an official statement from Real Madrid. He is expected, however, to be ready to face Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final on April 26. The forward did not train with the rest of the squad this morning so as to undergo the needed scan and will return to the gym to work on getting back to full fitness.

Los Blancos' number seven felt the injury occur following a failed attempt at a bicycle kick late on against Villarreal on Wednesday evening. "It's only a tweak," the club felt compelled to say out loud to appease any worries of the fans.

Yesterday Cristiano had some early checks done in Valdebebas and afterwards, also wanted to dispel any major concerns from supporters. He took to social media and said, "All good, thanks for your support," along with a smiling photo. But the club didn't want to say too much until they had the final results - allowing 48 hours for the inflammation to go down - and following the trip to Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja any worry has now been put to bed.