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Ronaldo, Rooney out with injuries

REAL Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be sidelined for three to four weeks after he aggravated an ankle injury in Portugal's 3-0 win over Hungary, the La Liga club said on Sunday.
Ronaldo, already been ruled out of Portugal's final World Cup qualifier against Malta tomorrow, looks certain to miss Real's Champions League Group C match against AC Milan on October 21.
He sprained his right ankle in a match against Olympique Marseille last month and limped off in the 27th minute on Saturday before returning to the Spanish capital for tests.
"A clinical examination and a scan showed the player had suffered a recurrence of the injury to his right ankle," Real said in a statement. "Estimated time out of action three to four weeks depending on clinical developments," the statement added.
Portugal lies second in the qualifying standings behind group winner Denmark and will secure a playoff berth if it beats Malta at home.
Ronaldo had shown signs of recovery before the Hungary match and told reporters he was almost fully fit.
In England, Wayne Rooney has pulled out of the final qualifier against Belarus due to a calf injury.
The Manchester United striker was withdrawn from the squad on Sunday, one day after being hurt in England's 0-1 loss at Ukraine that capped the team's winning streak in Group 6 at eight games. England had already qualified for next year's World Cup.
England midfielder Steven Gerrard limped off the field with a groin injury against Belarus but has remained with the squad.


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