Juventus egghead Andrea Pirlo has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo picked up an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw with Lazio on Sunday.
The Portuguese talisman, who propelled his side to the lead in the first half at Stadio Olimpico, picked up a knock in a clash with Lazio midfielder Luis Alberto and was replaced by Paulo Dybala in the 76th minute of the game.
Pirlo could not disclose any details on the severity of the injury but told DAZN: “Ronaldo is a key player not only for us but for all the teams he has played for. Unfortunately, he had an ankle problem and was forced to leave the field.”
The reigning Italian champions held on to their lead until the deep into second-half stoppage time, when Joaquin Correa laid it off for substitute Felipe Caicedo to smash into the bottom corner and earn a point for the home side.
Pirlo was impressed with his side’s performance overall but warned that such slip-ups could cost them the Serie A title.
“We had a good match, they had never shot us on goal, there were no signs, but we have to take care of every little detail,” the former midfielder said. “We didn’t manage the ball in the last 10 seconds. We are satisfied with the game, unfortunately not with the result.
“The head comes, first of all, today all the boys have given their best, shown that they can play these matches. if you go on to the pitch with a negative attitude, you have bad performances.
“We were missing the malice to achieve the decisive results. When they do it like they did today, they see the solutions.
“We are always working to improve, we put new ideas into every game. Today [Federico] Chiesa was unable to play, [Giorgio] Chiellini is injured and Alex Sandro and [Matthijs] de Ligt are out, but we can’t use these as excuses.”
Pirlo’s squad are now three points behind Serie A leaders AC Milan, who host Hellas Verona at San Siro on Sunday evening. Lazio, meanwhile, is ninth in the table and five points adrift of the Rossoneri.