Friday, 6th June, 2014

Portugal manager Paulo Bento has thrown Cristiano Ronaldo’s involvement in their World Cup opener against Germany into doubt by refusing to put a timeframe on the Real Madrid star’s return to action.

Ronaldo, who has a left thigh injury and tendinitis in the knee of the same leg, failed to train with the rest of his team-mates once again yesterday, as they geared up for today’s friendly with Mexico in the United States.

Portugal will face Germany on 16th June and it seems the Selecao das Quinas will be without their talismanic winger for the crucial clash.

Even if Ronaldo is free of injuries, it is highly unlikely that the 29-year-old will be match-fit to take the field against the Germans.


And Bento remained apprehensive about Ronaldo making a comeback in that game.

"The situation is evolving and our expectations are evolving constantly,” he was quoted as saying by the FIFA’s official site.

"When he's ready to play is a decision that will be made just like any other player, regardless of who it is.

“I'm not at liberty to discuss at full length the situation. As soon as he is ready to train, we will make that announcement.

"We have to prepare for Germany regardless. The decision of if he will play and when is up to me, the player and the doctors. Ronaldo is not the only good player we have."

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