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Cristiano Ronaldo sparks injury scare after he is photographed with heavily strapped leg

Published 13/06/2014 | 11:55

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo leaves a training session with ice on the left knee, in Campinas, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Portugal plays in group G of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo leaves a training session with ice on the left knee
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo covers his face as he walks between team members during a team training session in Campinas

Cristiano Ronaldo cut short a training session with Portugal on Thursday, leaving the field with an ice pack over his left knee – indicating that his tendinitis may still be bothering the star forward.

The 29-year-old captain trained with the rest of the team for about 15-20 minutes doing physical exercises but then did not take part in the rest of the session with full ball drills.

Instead, he stretched on his own and signed a few shirts for fans before going to sit on the bench. When he left, he had an ice pack over his left knee.

Ronaldo, whose country take on Germany on Monday in their first game of the tournament, has been bothered by left leg injuries ahead of the World Cup, and was sidelined for two weeks with tendinitis in the knee and a thigh problem.

However, Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho said there was nothing to worry about concerning Ronaldo's health.

"Ever since he started to train with us he has been 100 per cent like the rest of us," Moutinho said. "Everything is fine with him but there is some caution, not only with him. Today many other players were using ice as well. There is nothing to worry about. The ice is normal after training."

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