Ronaldo may not be fit to face Germany

Portugal star looks certain to miss friendly game against Ireland in New Jersey on Tuesday

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (right) with physiotherapist Antonio Gaspar (left) and teamates Beto ( second left) and Raul Meireles (second right) during a training session at the New York Jets training centre in Newark. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao / EPA

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (right) with physiotherapist Antonio Gaspar (left) and teamates Beto ( second left) and Raul Meireles (second right) during a training session at the New York Jets training centre in Newark. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao / EPA

 

Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling to be fit for Portugal’s opening World Cup match due to tendinitis around his left kneecap and is almost certain to miss Tuesday’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland.

The Portuguese Football Federation said in a statement reported by the Portuguese press today, that the 29-year-old has been suffering from tendonitis in the patella tendon.

The FPF’s medical team had spoken in recent days of the Ballon d’Or winner’s thigh problem, but the knee issue will be a further worry to national coach Paulo Bento ahead of the team’s opener against Germany in Salvador on June 16th.

Real president Florentino Perez earlier urged the national team not to risk the 29-year-old if he was not fully fit. He told Spanish radio network Cadena SER: “I am concerned that any player can pick up a serious injury, as has happened (in the past) with Kaka and (Sami) Khedira.

“A player like Cristiano Ronaldo should only play if he is fit.”

Ronaldo had several minor niggles during the closing weeks of the 2013-14 domestic season, but went on to play 120 minutes in the Champions League final success against Atletico Madrid.

The former Manchester United man on Tuesday trained for the first time on grass, undergoing a specific individual programme in New York ahead of the squad’s friendly against Mexico on Friday.

On Tuesday, in New Jersey, they will face Martin O’Neill’s Ireland before they open their World Cup campaign against Group G rivals Germany in Salvador on June 16th.

Portugal will also face Ghana and the USA in Brazil.

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