Reigning World best footballer and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is on the verge of missing out on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after medical details issued by the Portugal medical team confirmed the 29-year-old star is nursing two injuries.
Laboratory scans suggest the former Manchester United talisman is carrying a thigh strain as well as tendonitis in his left knee, according to the Portuguese FA.
Portugal trained at the York Jets’ centre on Tuesday as Paulo Bento’s side prepare for the summer tourney in Rio, but Ronaldo trained separately away from the team, as he was joined by fellow fitness-strugglers – Raul Meireles and Pepe.
Portugal face Mexico in a friendly near Boston on Friday before taking on Ireland next Tuesday at the New York Jets’ MetLife Stadium.
They begin their campaign in Brazil against Germany on June 16 before matches games against the USA and Ghana.
Meanwhile, United winger and national team-mate Luis Nani is optimistic about Ronaldo’s nightmare injury.
“We hope that Cristiano is in good enough shape to play and to help the team,” Nani said.
“He is going well, and he is relaxed about it. Things are going the right way. If for some reason (Ronaldo) is not there, whoever is there playing has to be confident in their ability to get the job done.”