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Real Madrid fear Ronaldo injury lay-off

Ronaldo could only watch from the bench at Dortmund Credit: PA

Real Madrid fear they could be without star man Cristiano Ronaldo for the Copa del Rey final and perhaps even the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals due to a hamstring injury.

Madrid on Thursday confirmed that tests had found a problem in Ronaldo's left hamstring, although the club declined to give an estimate of how much time he might miss.

"The tests conducted on Cristiano Ronaldo have detected a muscular injury to his left hamstring," a statement said. "This is pending developments."

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Casillas: We can't repeat night in Dortmund

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has warned his side they cannot allow a repeat of the mistakes which almost cost them dear against Borussia Dortmund if they are to fulfil their dream of lifting a 10th European Cup crown.

We've had to suffer too much. Maybe it's good to have a wake-up call now and again and to realise things aren't easy.

The errors at the back have made us suffer all game, but better in this game than in the more decisive ones in the next two weeks.

The first goal was a mistake from us and the second was where we lost the ball in the middle of the pitch.

We had mental strength because being 2-0 down in the 37th minute a lot of things go through your head and all this after missing a penalty.

The positive thing is that we've learnt to suffer in these games. These errors cannot happen in the semis.

– Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas


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Rumours – Madrid in negotiations over Suarez and Coutinho

Real Madrid have made enquiries about signing Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho in the summer, according to FIFA agent Francois Gallardo.

In an interview with Spanish website La Sexta, Gallardo claims Madrid are hoping to secure a double deal for somewhere in the region of €80m.

Liverpool have players that tempt Real Madrid, they are: On one side, Luis Suarez and the other Coutinho.

Madrid has initiated negotiations for the next season. The cost of the operation should be around €80 million.

– FIFA agent Francois Gallardo
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