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Zinedine Zidane defends Cristiano Ronaldo for using doctor's phone to inspect face

Zinedine Zidane has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after Portuguese forward was lampooned on social media for using a doctor 's mobile phone to inspect a cut to his face.

The 32-year-old remained down and was immediately attended to by the club's medical staff who escorted him off the pitch. It was as he exited the playing field that he was pictured holding the doctor's mobile to examine the damage the challenge had caused and did not return for the final ten minutes.

"We can't control what people say. He just took the phone to have a look at what had happened, to see if it was a big or small cut – that's all," Zidane told a news conference.

The injury means Ronaldo will miss Real's King's Cup quarter-final second leg at home to local rivals Leganes on Wednesday. Zidane's side hold a 1-0 advantage from the first match courtesy of a late Marco Asensio goal.

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