Real Madrid have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo's ankle injury has not improved and that the 80million winger will consult Dutch ankle specialist Professor Niek van Dijk in the coming days.
The former Manchester United ace underwent a medical review on Wednesday that showed no progress on the injury, leading the Spanish club to admit that Ronaldo cannot yet return to training with the team and will continue undergoing treatment.
The news is also a blow to Portugal's World Cup hopes, as the prognosis appears to threaten the 24-year-old's participation in his country's two-legged qualifying play off against Bosnia and Herzegovina on November 14 and 18.

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The forward has been sidelined by a right ankle injury for nearly a month, and Madrid have struggled badly in his absence, with coach Manuel Pellegrini coming under huge pressure following high profile defeats to Milan in the Champions League, Sevilla in La Liga and lowly Alcorcon in the Spanish Cup.

Ronaldo has scored nine goals in seven games since his move from United, with Madrid winning every game he has played in.

He initially injured his right ankle in Real's 3-0 Champions League victory over Marseille at the end of September and aggravated the problem while playing for Portugal on October 1.
It was even claimed that a witch had put a voodoo curse on the winger so that he suffered a serious injury, since when he has been struck down with the ankle problem.

Prof Van Dijk operated on Ronaldo's right ankle at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam in the summer of 2008 and has also treated Ronaldo's Real team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy and AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi.

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