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Real fear worst over Ruud
07 Nov 2008 - 15:27:23
Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy could be set for a lengthy lay-off should his latest knee injury require surgery.
The Netherlands international limped out of Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Juventus and preliminary scans have revealed some degree of knee cartilage damage.
Van Nistelrooy's career in Holland, England and now Spain has been dogged by knee problems and the striker will visit renowned specialist Dr Richard Steadman in America for a full diagnosis.
"The worst injury news concerns Ruud van Nistelrooy," read a statement on the club's official website.
"Following clinical exploration and MRI scans this Friday, Real Madrid's medical team have detected a possible tear in the external cartilage of the right knee, operated on in 2000 by Dr Steadman.
"They will consult the aforementioned doctor to evaluate the different ways to cure this tear."