Cristiano Ronaldo felt continued discomfort in his hamstring during Friday's practice and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti ruled out using the striker for this weekend's La Liga match against Real Valladolid.
The Portuguese star took the field with his teammates in the morning but the decision was made to keep him out another game after he felt pain during a closed-door training session.
"Cristiano won't play tomorrow; he's feeling discomfort," Ancelotti said in a press conference. "We did an ultrasound scan this morning and the muscle has completely recovered, but he's not comfortable. We're not going to take any risks. He has 15 days to work and prepare for the next league match," the Italian manager said.
Ronaldo, who missed Real Madrid's Champions League game Wednesday against Turkey's Galatasaray and is suspended for Los Blancos' Dec. 7 Copa del Rey contest against third-division club Olimpic de Xativa, will likely play again on Dec. 14 in a La Liga match against Osasuna.
"He's now completely recovered. This morning's image was clean but the player trained and he wasn't comfortable. We decided together not to take any risks," Ancelotti said, adding that Argentine winger Angel Di Maria would replace Ronaldo in the starting 11. EFE