May 6, 2018 / 10:09 PM / 5 months ago

Ronaldo ankle injury 'a small thing' - Zidane

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he was not too concerned with Cristiano Ronaldo’s ankle injury after the Portuguese striker was unable to continue in the second half of his side’s 2-2 draw at arch rivals Barcelona on Sunday.

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - May 6, 2018 Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo waits to return to the pitch after sustaining an injury as coach Zinedine Zidane gestures REUTERS/Albert Gea

Ronaldo’s ankle was trod on by Gerard Pique as he scored Madrid’s first equaliser in the 15th minute and he looked in discomfort but continued for the rest of the half and was replaced by Marco Asensio at the start of the second period.

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - May 6, 2018 Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo walks off after sustaining an injury as coach Zinedine Zidane looks on REUTERS/Albert Gea

Madrid play the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26 but Zidane said he did not think Ronaldo was in danger of missing the showpiece in Kiev.

“He’s not great right now but I think it’s going to be a small thing, it was only a bad movement,” Zidane told a news conference.

“I can’t say how long he’ll be out for, tomorrow he’ll have a scan, but I think it’ll be a small thing for him. We’re not worried about the final, we’re all going to be there.”

Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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