Van Nistelrooy to see specialist
Concern regarding Dutchman's ongoing knee problem
By Will Wood. Last Updated: 08/11/08 1:13pm
Van Nistelrooy: Worry
Real Madrid have confirmed that Ruud van Nistelrooy will visit a specialist to reveal the extent of a recurring knee injury.
The Holland international aggravated the long-standing problem in his side's 2-1 UEFA Champions League defeat to Juventus three weeks ago, ruling him out of subsequent Primera Liga fixtures against Almeria and Athletic Bilbao.
And while the 32-year old played 82 minutes of Real's home clash with Juventus on Wednesday, a game Bernd Schuster's men lost 2-0, initial scans suggest he may require further treatment on an issue that delayed his £19 million move to Manchester United seven years ago.
"Real have seen a possible injury to the external meniscus in his right knee, that was operated on by doctor (Richard) Steadman back in 2000," the club statement read.
"Medical staff will consult Steadman to evaluate the different therapeutic possibilities for treating the injury."
Reports emanating from Spain have suggested the Dutchman could be out of action for up to two months, and the striker's omission from Real's squad for their clash with Malaga on Saturday did little to quell such rumours.