Close call for Ronaldo

January 23, 2018
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo bleeds from his forehead during a Spanish La Liga match against Deportivo Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Sunday.

MADRID (AP):

Cristiano Ronaldo's face cut could have been much worse, according to video released by his Real Madrid club yesterday.

Ronaldo was sliced extremely close to his left eye by a defender's boot while he was scoring in the Spanish league on Sunday.

The club confirmed he needed a few stitches, and released video of the incident.

Ronaldo was diving to head in the ball from near the penalty spot for his second goal in minutes. Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabian Schar tried to hit the ball and ended up striking Ronaldo's face with his right boot.

Doctors attended to him but they could not contain the blood, and Ronaldo had to leave the game even though there were about five minutes left and Madrid had already made all three substitutions.

As he left the field and blood was spilling down his face and neck, he asked for the doctor's cell phone to look at the injury. Using the phone camera as a mirror, Ronaldo checked the damage and was not happy with what he saw, shaking his head briefly.

While Madrid said the injury was not serious, it did not say if he was fit to play.

Madrid's next game is tomorrow at home against Leganes in the second leg of the Copa del Rey. Madrid won the first match 1-0 using its second-stringers.

It remains unclear if Ronaldo will be available for the second leg.

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