MADRID, April 23 (Reuters) - Real Madrid striker
Ronaldo is a serious doubt for Sunday's Primera Liga clash against arch-rivals
Barcelona after he pulled up in training on Friday because of pain in his left
The Brazilian international was thought to be on
course to re-appear in the match at the Bernabeu after spending two weeks on the
sidelines because of a thigh strain sustained during the 3-0 defeat against
But he was forced to stop training and was
examined by club medical staff after feeling pain in his leg as he kicked the
ball towards the end of the session.
The club said there was a serious doubt about
him playing on Sunday but no decision would be made until the morning of the
Ronaldo suffered a similar injury to the same
leg last month and was unable to play in the final of the King's Cup against
Real Zaragoza, a game Real went on to lose 3-2 in extra time.
Real Madrid are second in the Primera Liga,
level on points with leaders Valencia and seven ahead of Barcelona.
Valencia, who lead by virtue of their better
head-to-head record against Real, have a tricky away match at fifth-placed
Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.