Cristiano Ronaldo's injury serious?

Updated: March 3, 2011, 7:49 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is unsure whether the injury Cristiano Ronaldo sustained in Thursday night's 7-0 win over Malaga is serious.

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Jasper Juinen/Getty ImagesCristiano Ronaldo cringes after injuring his foot Thursday against Malaga in Madrid.

Ronaldo scored in the 51st, 67th and 77th minutes, his fourth three-goal game this season to go along with one four-goal match. He limped off with a muscle problem after the final goal, going straight to the dressing room. Real Madrid finished a man short.

"I don't know. It seems like a serious injury. That's the negative note from the game," Mourinho said. "Especially as Ronaldo doesn't just do small things."

Mourinho soon followed up his initial words with more encouraging ones over his star player's health.

"If Cristiano has something it's something minor, it's no drama," Mourinho added.

Ronaldo said he didn't think he will play Sunday against Racing Santander.

The Portuguese forward, the 2008 FIFA player of the year, matched Barcelona's Lionel Messi for the league lead with 27 goals and has 37 in all competitions this season. Ronaldo had not scored since Feb. 6.

Barcelona (23-1-2) has 71 points followed by Real Madrid (20-2-4) with 64. Real Madrid is 21-0 at home this season in all competitions.

Karim Benzema scored twice, and Angel Di Maria and Marcelo had one goal each. Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini returned to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for the first time since Mourinho replaced him after last season.


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