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Real Madrid: Ronaldo's ankle injury not improving

CRISTIANO Ronaldo's ankle had not improved by yesterday, so the Real Madrid forward was set to consult his former specialist to treat the injury.

Ronaldo, who has been sidelined by the right ankle injury for nearly one month, underwent medical scans that showed no progress.

The Spanish club said Ronaldo will visit Professor Niek van Dyjk, the Netherlands specialist who treated the same ankle in 2008 when he was at Manchester United.

Madrid had been hopeful the 24-year-old winger would be available for Saturday's derby against Atletico Madrid but it appears the injury could be more serious than originally believed. Madrid trails Spanish league leader Barcelona by one point after nine games.

Ronaldo has scored nine times in seven games since his record €94 million (US$135 million) move from Man United, with Madrid winning every game he has played in.

Ronaldo injured the ankle during a Champions League match against Marseille and aggravated the injury while playing a World Cup qualifying match for Portugal on Oct. 10. He was originally expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks.


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