Cristiano Ronaldo subbed off hurt early for Madrid vs. Valladolid

Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off after eight minutes in Real Madrid's match vs. Real Valladolid Wednesday.
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VALLADOLID, Spain (AP) - Real Madrid lost forward Cristiano Ronaldo to injury during its must-win Spanish league match at Real Valladolid on Wednesday.

Ronaldo came off in the eighth minute at the Jose Zorilla Stadium without showing any clear signs of being in pain, just moments after his long run through the opponent's half came to an end when he clashed with a defender.

The Portugal international had recently been bothered by a left knee and left muscle injury, but had returned to play in Madrid's Champions League semifinal triumph over Bayern Munich.

Ronaldo has scored 50 goals this season in all competitions, including a league-leading 31 goals.

Madrid cannot afford a slip-up at Valladolid as it trails Spanish leader Atletico Madrid by five points with just two rounds remaining after Wednesday's match.

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