Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to miss the first leg of Madrid's Champions League quarterfinal tie against Tottenham Hotspur with a thigh injury. Ronaldo had been battling the thigh injury for two weeks and initially looked like he may be fit for the match, but he, along with Marcelo and Karim Benzema, will all miss out on the clash at the Bernabeu.
The latest injury update came from Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who said that all three will not return until the La Liga fixture after Wednesday's Champions League match. "Medical staff have told me that Ronaldo, Marcelo and [Karim] Benzema can only play in Bilbao," Mourinho said.
While Madrid will be without several players, including their best one in Ronaldo, Tottenham will hardly feel sorry for their opponents. Spurs are also fighting a litany of injuries, from Gareth Bale, whose status is still in doubt with a hamstring injury, to a central defense that has only two healthy options remaining.