Madrid - Three-time World Player of the
Year Cristiano Ronaldo has eased concerns he suffered a significant hamstring
injury after limping off minutes before the end of Real Madrid's 3-0 win over
Villarreal on Wednesday.
"All good. Thanks for your support,"
Ronaldo posted to his over 55 million followers on social media network
Instagram on Thursday.
Madrid sports daily Marca reported that
Ronaldo remains a serious doubt for Saturday's trip to Rayo Vallecano with Real
keen to protect the Portuguese for next week's Champions League semi-final
first leg away at Manchester City.
Before hobbling off towards the end of
Madrid's eighth consecutive La Liga win to remain just a point behind leaders
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo had played all but one minute of Real's
previous 43 La Liga and Champions League games this season.
And Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admitted he
should have taken more precaution to rest the 47-goal forward in recent weeks.
"I am calmer now than when I saw him
leave the pitch," said Zidane.
"For a coach when you have a player
like Cristiano sometimes it is necessary for him to not play a game or not
finish a match."
On a brighter note for Real, Gareth Bale
returned to training on Thursday after missing the Villarreal clash through