Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out of the Crystal Palace clash with a hip injury
According to The Athletic, Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out for the match against Crystal Palace with a hip flexor injury. This update would be a massive blow for his side, with their Europa League qualification still being on the line ahead of the final match of the season.
Ronaldo has suffered from the same issue multiple times in this campaign, which does raise worries among the supporters. While he has not been out on the sidelines for long period, these niggling injuries associated with old players could force Man United to manage the superstar’s time more carefully from here on out.
The Red Devils need a win to guarantee a spot in next term’s EL, with West Ham United posing a problem as of now. However, the former would have to deal without Cristiano’s services which would be concerning as he has quite often bailed out the team in several matches throughout this season.
Fitness concerns for Ronaldo?
The Portuguese international is well known for going to the extreme when it comes to taking care of his body and maintaining peak fitness to extend his playing career. However, this setback could suggest that time and age is finally catching up to him after long years in top-flight football.
The 37-year-old missed several games in this campaign back in January and March with the same issue. He was out for a short time with that problem, but it is still concerning, to say the least, that he has continued to pick up the same injury.
The former Real Madrid man’s absence would greatly affect us as he has been our top scorer this term with 24 goals from 39 matches across all competitions. He also has three assists to his name during that period indicating the quality that we would miss in the final game against Palace tomorrow.
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It is high time that others step up and take over the reins to get the team over the line. The Red Devils cannot even afford to draw against the Eagles as West Ham can pip us to the fifth place if they win against Brighton and Hove Albion tomorrow.
The Hammers have a superior goal difference which poses trouble to our chances, although we would hope that Brighton would drop a similar performance to how they played against us in the previous fixture. Then again, it is much better if we put the matter to bed ourselves, so Ralf Rangnick’s side must do their best to get all three points tomorrow.