Cristiano Ronaldo shouldn’t rush back from his hamstring injury, according to former Real Madrid left-back Roberto Carlos.
The Los Blancos talisman sat out last weekend’s trip to Real Sociedad and the midweek match away at Borussia Dortmund nursing a knee problem. It later emerged that he also has a hamstring strain that could see him miss the Copa del Rey final and the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.
Ronaldo, who has contributed a stunning 45 goals this season, including 14 in the Champions League alone, would be a huge loss. But Roberto Carlos told Marca that he had to make a full recovery rather than rush back too soon.
“I had the same injury and I had to strengthen my knee with a lot of gym work with massages to reduce the inflammation,” the 41-year-old former defender said.
He added: “It is an injury that needs to be treated with care. If he pushes himself too hard, it could become a chronic injury.
“Personally, 45 minutes prior to training I would warm my leg up, which stopped it hurting and I played as usual. There’s a full preparatory session prior to the warm-up and the game itself, and Madrid has all the tools required to manage the pain.”