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I did not mean to hurt Ronaldo, insists Navarro

I did not mean to hurt Ronaldo, insists Navarro

The defender says the incident which forced the Portugal international to be replaced at half-time in Sunday's encounter was nothing more than a freak accident

Levante defender David Navarro says he did not deliberately injure Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal international initially played on after a stray elbow resulted in his left eye being badly cut and swollen, and even opened the scoring with for Madrid, but he was eventually replaced at half-time because of dizziness, and Navarro has claimed the injury was just unfortunate.

"It was an accident, at no time did I try to cause harm to Cristiano Ronaldo," Navarro told his club's website.

"These are things that happen during a game and I regret having wounded him, but I repeat that it was something completely involuntary."

Navarro also revealed that he contacted Ronaldo on Monday morning to ask how he was and wished him a quick recovery.

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