Real Madrid striker Ronaldo denied reports
on Thursday that he might have to have an operation for his ankle injury
and said he was determined to be back in time for the showdown with
Barcelona on Nov. 20.
The Brazil international also refused to place any blame Atletico
Madrid's Colombian international defender Luis Amaranto Perea, who was
involved in the incident during Saturday's Madrid derby which Real won
"I'm going to spare no effort to be ready for that game," Ronaldo told
reporters after returning to his native Brazil for a few days. "If I
have to spend all night receiving treatment, then I'm prepared to lose
Ronaldo, who is on crutches, suffered a partial ligament tear during
Saturday's game in which he scored twice.
The injury, which has interrupted an excellent start to the season for
Ronaldo, happened when Perea tried to stop him scoring Real's third goal.
"I didn't see any intention to hurt me," Ronaldo said. "He was acting
more out of desperation because he saw that I was about to score."
Dismissing media reports that the injury was more serious, he said: "The
only injury I have is the one which Real Madrid have announced, nothing
more. It's going to take one month to recover, maybe less."