Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has returned to
his native Brazil for routine treatment on his ankle injury and will not
have to undergo an operation, his spokesman Paulo Julio Clement said
Clement denied media reports that Ronaldo's injury was more serious than
"There's no chance of sugery," Clement told Reuters. "Can you imagine
Real Madrid, with all their medical infrastructure, allowing Ronaldo to
come to Brazil to be operated on?"
Ronaldo suffered a partial ligament tear in his left ankle during
Sunday's 3-0 Primera Liga win over Atletico Madrid, during which he
The Spanish club said that if his recovery went according to plan, he
would be able to play against Barcelona on November 20.
Ronaldo arrived in Rio early on Thursday and was whisked away from the
airport in a helicopter.
"He's come to Brazil to undergo the treatment which has been stipulated
by Real Madrid," said Clement. "All he is going to do is ice (treatment)
and rest, so it doesn't matter where he does it."