Portugal sweat over Ronaldo fitness

Manuas (Brazil) : Lingering doubts about the fitness of world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo have left Portugal in disarray ahead of their clash with the United States in Manaus today. Already reeling from a crushing 4-0 defeat to Germany in their opener, Portugal face almost certain elimination if they lose to US. But their preparation for the game could not be going much worse.

Although the Portugal camp insist the Real Madrid forward is fit, Ronaldo has been seen sporting an ice pack on his knee at training sessions and leaving early as his team-mates continued to train, while he was far from his scintillating best against the Germans.

Much media speculation has focussed on whether or not he will play against the US, or indeed if he does, whether or not he will be fully fit. But fellow forward Helder Postiga was adamant that too much is being read into an ice pack.

“I personally think that the Ronaldo talk is a bit too much so I imagine how he must be feeling about that. But regarding his physical condition, he’s been training at his maximum and if it’s not listed in the clinical information.”

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