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Ronaldo out three weeks after minor knee surgery

MADRID, Spain -- Real Madrid striker Ronaldo will be sidelined for three weeks after having a minor operation on his left knee in Brazil, the Primera Liga club said on Saturday.

"The operation was a success and we believe he will be able to return to work in three weeks time," Real doctor Alfonso del Corral told the club's Web site.

Brazil doctor Jose Luiz Runco had said the player was suffering from tibial calcification around the tendon in his knee and needed surgery to remove the calcium after the World Cup.

Ronaldo backed Runco's diagnosis though Real said the player would not need surgery and that they had advised him to rest.

The 29-year-old striker struggled with minor health problems and suggestions he was overweight before the tournament, in which Brazil was knocked out in the quarterfinals by France.

Two goals against Japan and one against Ghana allowed him to break the World Cup career scoring record with 15 goals.