Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt for Manchester United’s trip to Aston Villa on Saturday after he reportedly pulled out of training with a thigh problem.
Ralf Rangnick’s side travel to Villa Park in the Premier League this weekend to take on Steven Gerrard’s big-spending side.
According to The Sun, Ronaldo left United’s training session at Carrington early on Thursday and went home after sustaining a thigh problem. The Portuguese forward was checked over by the club’s medical team before heading back home.
The 36-year-old was forced to miss Monday’s FA Cup win over Villa with a small muscular problem but said earlier this week he was aiming to resume training on Thursday.
He told Premier League Productions: ‘I’m good. I just have a little touch but, you know, it’s part of my work.
‘You know, we have to feel some pain sometimes. It’s nothing big and I hope to be good soon.’
Asked if he will make the Villa game, he said: ‘I hope so. We will try on Thursday. I will try to train as normal.
‘Let’s see how the body reacts. Fingers crossed. I’m confident.’
Ronaldo has had an oxygen chamber put into his home that helps him recover from muscle problems. But he faces a race against time to be fit for the trip to Villa Park.
It comes after Ronaldo launched a damning attack on his team-mates earlier this week, urging them to show more pride in their performance.
The striker, who believes his fellow players are not as committed to the cause as he is, said: ‘I say we have a long way to improve because, for me, the most important thing is the mentality. To look at yourself and say, “I can do better”.
‘For you to be professional, help the team, the right mentality, self-taught and positive. All these details depend on you, not the coaches, the fans or the press. If you are proud of yourself and you have dignity, you have to do it much more.’