Darikwa blow for Spireites

Cristiano Ronaldo admits he does not know what Jose Mourinho’s

future holds beyond this season but believes his winning mentality

will see him continue as Real Madrid coach at least until the end

of the current campaign.

Mourinho has found himself under fire with Madrid’s title

defence in tatters after falling 16 points behind arch rivals

Barcelona in La Liga.

There has also been speculation of discontent among the players

at the Bernabeu, while Mourinho’s recent decision to drop

long-serving club captain Iker Casillas did not go down well with

supporters.

However, while there may be some question marks about Mourinho’s

long-term future with the Spanish giants, Ronaldo feels his fellow

Portuguese will not be leaving any time soon.

Asked if he knows what Mourinho will do once the season

finishes, Ronaldo told AS: “I don’t know. I think he will continue

until the end of the season at least, because he’s a coach who

always wants to win and we have several challenges ahead which we

can achieve.

“After that he will decide what’s best for him, for his

professional group and for the club. But I don’t know what either

he or the club thinks and therefore I prefer not to talk about this

subject.”

Madrid face Manchester United in the first leg of their

Champions League last 16 tie next week, while they are locked at

1-1 heading into the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final

clash with Barca.

Ronaldo was also keen to move on following reports of a row

between him and Mourinho last month, adding: “It’s a very personal

issue, it’s sorted and everything’s fine. Things that happen in the

dressing room stay in the dressing room.”

Darikwa, who this season has been watched by the scouts of

Premier League teams, has had to be substituted early in the second

half of the Spireites’ last two matches after complaining about

discomfort in his groin.

He saw a specialist on Tuesday who diagnosed a bilateral

inguinal hernia and the 21-year-old will undergo surgery next

week.

“It’s a common injury in football so it doesn’t cause undue

concern. The recovery time is around four to five weeks,” said

Chesterfield physio Jamie Hewitt.