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2014 World Cup opponent watch: Portugal sweating over Cristiano Ronaldo fitness

Published on: 05 April 2014
Ronaldo is struggling with a knee injury

Portugal are sweating over the fitness of their key playmaker and captain Cristiano Ronaldo with the World Cup in Brazil looming.

The World Player of the Player has been left out of what is arguably Real Madrid's toughest La Liga fixture until the end of the season because of a knee injury.

If the knee injury persists it could damage his chances of playing at the 2014 World Cup in June, which could be welcoming news for Ghana fans.

The Portuguese forward will sit out Los Blancos' trip to San Sebastian to face Real Sociedad on Saturday night, with Madrid needing maximum points to keep pace with leader Atletico and second-place Barcelona in the title race.

Ronaldo has been complaining of a slight knee injury in recent weeks and a decision has been made for him not to feature against the Basque club after a meeting between the player and manager this week.

In Wednesday night's 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, Ronaldo left the field 10 minutes from the end after holding his knee while on the Bernabeu surface.

Ancelotti has repeatedly said the knee injury has not been an issue, but a decision to keep him out of the trip to Anoeta to face what may be Madrid’s toughest remaining fixture indicates otherwise.

"We're going to give Cristiano a rest; he's weary," Ancelotti told the gathered media before his side's weekend match.

"We're doing this to avoid any risks. There are a lot of important games ahead of us and we prefer him to sit this one out. He can train tomorrow and Sunday to be ready for Tuesday's game."

Madrid will go into the game without the Ballon d'Or winner and the league's top scorer.

Los Blancos' biggest asset this season has been their strength-in-depth and now, more than any other point this term, that will be tested.



  • abba musa adam says:
    April 06, 2014 05:50 am
    Wow ghanaian you have to pray hard because world best player isn't 4 mouth he deserve it so cr7 his a lion king
  • Josh says:
    April 06, 2014 02:23 am
    Okay ,you win for Hackman.
  • benny says:
    April 05, 2014 09:50 am
    I would be gutted if Ronaldo doesn't make it to face Ghana. I would love to see him play against hungry lions and our players to taste the talent of the football machine.
  • Petroipa says:
    April 06, 2014 05:34 pm
    It would be lousy W/cup without CR 7.
  • askantwi says:
    April 05, 2014 11:00 am
    You will surely get your wish, but Ghana will trash them 3-0.
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 05, 2014 02:58 pm
    aba GSN, jumping to conclusions like always. this injury is minor. at least so we've been made to believe... the Mundial is months away. ronaldo will have to be on crutches to miss the world cup. anything short of that, he's playing.
  • Benito says:
    April 05, 2014 03:52 pm
    What's the sweating about a little injury?the coach could let him play if he needs to.i would love to see him play in the WC
  • Josh says:
    April 05, 2014 04:19 pm
    Get well Ronaldo,you such a marvel to watch.
  • Hackman says:
    April 05, 2014 04:47 pm
    With or without C'Ro they wil surely sufer in the hands of the mighty Ghana.
  • alexander preston says:
    April 05, 2014 10:38 am
    May he recove very soon