Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to appear for Real Madrid until September 11 as he continues to rehabilitate the knee injury suffered against France in the final of Euro 2016.
According to Madrid-based newspaper Marca, Ronaldo visited a specialist clinic while on holiday in Ibiza with the intention of accelerating his recovery with oxygen treatment.
Despite the innovative medical care, Ronaldo is now understood to be facing a spell on the sidelines which will rule him out of Real’s first three games of the season.
If this is the case then he will miss his side’s European Super Cup match against Sevilla on August 9 in addition to two La Liga fixtures against Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo.
The 31-year-old is also set to miss out on the opening game of Portugal’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign against Switzerland.
The Real Madrid talisman is expected to make his first appearance of the season then on September 11 when the European champions welcome Osasuna to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo suffered the injury in dramatic circumstances in the first-half of Portugal’s Euro 2016 final against France.
He competed for the ball with West Ham’s Dimitri Payet but came off worst. Despite valiant attempts to run off the injury, he eventually admitted defeat and left the field in tears.
To his credit, after being stretchered off, Ronaldo encouraged his team-mates from the sidelines and joined the celebrations when unlikely hero Eder snatched victory for Portugal in extra-time with a long range effort catching Hugo Lloris and the partisan French crowd off-guard.