Thursday Kickoff: Ronaldo suffers hamstring setback; Tigres win Copa MX; and more

Thursday Kickoff: Ronaldo suffers hamstring setback; Tigres win Copa MX; and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Ronaldo suffers hamstring setback; Tigres win Copa MX; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After missing two matches due to a knee injury, Cristiano Ronaldo is facing even more time on the sidelines.

Real Madrid released a medical report on Wednesday stating that medical tests have shown an injury to Ronaldo’s left hamstring. Multiple reports in Spain believe that Ronaldo will be out for at least 15 days.

If that injury timetable is correct, it would rule Ronaldo out of next Wednesday’s Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona and could potentially keep Ronaldo out of the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals, on April 21 or 22.

Reports state that Ronaldo didn’t attend training on Thursday morning at the club’s practice facility, leading to plenty of worry over his fitness.

Here are some more stories to start off your Thursday:

TIGRES CROWNED COPA MX CHAMPIONS

For the third time in club history, Tigres UANL are Copa MX champions.

The Liga MX side completed an unbeaten run through the competition during this Clausura campaign on Wednesday evening, defeating second division side Oaxaca, 3-0, at the Estadio Nuevo Leon. U.S. Men’s National Team pool player Jose Torres played the full 90 minutes for Tigres.

After both sides traded changes in the first 30 minutes of action, Tigres broke the deadlock with a penalty kick goal from Juninho in the 36th minute. El Tri call-up Alan Pulido put his team up 2-0 with a tap-in in the 67th minute, and Lucas Lobos completed the 3-0 victory with a terrific free kick that Oaxaca goalkeeper Sergio Arias couldn’t parry away.

ZIDANE RUMORED TO TAKE OVER MONACO POST

Just days after being linked with the Real Madrid managerial position when current manager Carlo Ancelotti’s contract runs out, Zinedine Zidane has been liked again with another top-tier job.

According to a report in French publication L’Equipe, Zidane is high on the shortlist of AS Monaco to take over for Claudio Ranieri at the end of the season. The report states that there is a 50 percent chance that Ranieri is sacked this summer, opening up the chance for Zidane’s first head coaching position.

The former French National Team legend is currently Ancelotti’s top assistant coach at Real Madrid. Other names being rumored to take over at Monaco are Paulo Bento, Jorge Jesus, and Fabio Capello.

QUICK KICKS

Atletico Madrid will not play Thibaut Courtois if they are drawn with Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals, as they would have to pay the English club an extra fee for the on-loan goalkeeper to play. (REPORT)

Manchester United manager David Moyes said he still believes players will be attracted to play at Man United despite likely missing out on next year’s Champions League. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho has been fined by the FA £8,000 for entering the field of play during Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on March 15. (REPORT)

The German Football Federation is in negotiations with Spain, Italy, England, the Netherlands, and Israel about setting up friendlies for the German National Team over the next two years. (REPORT)

AC Milan winger Stephen El Shaarawy is back in first team training after an extended absence due to a foot injury. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? How do you see Real Madrid performing without Ronaldo available? Impressed with Tigres’ Copa MX run? Do you see Zidane coaching at Monaco next season?

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