Cristiano Ronaldo, a.k.a CR7, is set to undergo a revolutionary stem cell therapy in a bid to recover from a thigh injury in time to face Manchester City. The Real Madrid star on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium, missed the goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with a hamstring injury.
The two sides will meet at the Bernabeu for the second leg next week. The stem cell therapy treatment is similar to that received by tennis ace Rafael Nadal on his recurring knee injury. A sample of healthy cells from the star’s blood or bone marrow is injected into the problem area to help speed up recovery.
Ronaldo, 31, had been expected to play after being rested for the weekend win over Rayo Vallecano but aggravated the problem in training on Monday.
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He initially felt the issue in the final minutes of last week’s victory against Villarreal, however Madrid declared it was simply cramp. The Portuguese superstar, who is likely to be sidelined for Saturday’s trip to Real Sociedad, underwent further medical tests in Madrid on Wednesday after returning from Manchester which revealed a slight muscle tear — although Ronaldo reportedly claimed he would have played had it been a final.
Though his club are yet to release a statement on his fitness, it is believed that head coach Zidane will not know whether Ronaldo will be available for selection until the day of the second leg. Madrid medics fear Ronaldo may only be able to take a place on the bench in the Bernabeu showdown — which would hand a major boost to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
The winner of the tie will earn a place in the final in Milan on May 28 against either Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid or tournament favourites Bayern Munich.
Ronaldo has scored sixteen goals in his ten Champions League games so far this season.