REAL MADRID

Alarm bells at Madrid as Ronaldo forced to retire from training

Cristiano Ronaldo collided with Kiko Casilla in a training game and was immediately atended to by club medics. The 31 year old was forced to retire from the session.

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With just five days remaining before the 2016 Champions League final in Milan alarm bells were ringing at Real Madrid's Valdebebas this morning after Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to retire from today's training session. The team were training at their Valdebebas centre when the Portuguese striker collided with Kiko Casilla during a drill following a push from Carvajal.

ENTRENAMIENTO REAL MADRIDReal Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo

The player from Madeira was immediately attended to by club medical staff but was unable to carry on and was clearly in some degree of distress as he made his way from the pitch to the dressing room following a knock to his thigh.

As he made his way from the pitch he threw a bottle in frustration and ignored questions from members of the media about his condition following the collision. Zidane later stated that Cristiano was fine and recovering well.

The high intensity of the Real Madrid training sessions has seen additional pressure on Cristiano and as a result the player sat out the training match last Saturday. The striker is still recovering from the small muscle tear sustained on April 20 and the club are anxious not to push the Portuguese international. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was keen to send a message of calm to the Madrid faithful claiming: "He'll be fine, he felt something and sat out last weekend as a precaution but will be ready for Milan. We're on track for Saturday with the players in great shape".

The guaranteed absentee for Zidane is Rafael Varane with his muscular injury now casting a doubt on his presence at the forthcoming European Championships: Zidane confirmed that the French defender would miss Saturday's final and also voiced his concern over his being ready for the tournament which gets under way on June 10th.

France's defender Raphael Varane