Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup 'could be over' after knee injury flares up
Portugal star pictured limping out of training with his knee heavily strapped amid claims doctor has told the 29 year-old that he risks threatening his career by playing on
Published 19/06/2014 | 13:55
Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup could be hanging in the balance after reports surfaced that is he is struggling with a knee injury and may be ruled out for the rest of the tournament.
The Real Madrid star came into the competition with a knee problem but is under intense pressure to lead Portugal into Sunday's must-win clash with the USA after their 4-0 opening defeat to Germany.
Ronaldo was pictured limping out of training with his knee heavily strapped on Wednesday and Spanish online newspaper El Confidencial claims the player's doctor has told the 29 year-old that he risks threatening his career by playing on.
Portuguese surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha reportedly said: "Let your knee rest, or your future is in danger", to which Ronaldo supposedly replied: "I'm the one that says whether I'm playing or not."
Following news of Ronaldo’s withdrawal from training, word started to emanate from Rio that Portugal's worst fears are being realised.
Portugal are already without defender Pepe after a clash of heads with Germany's Thomas Muller in the opening game saw the Real centre-back earn a red card.
Fellow Real defender Fabio Coentrao has been ruled out for the rest of the World Cup with a thigh injury while there are also injury doubts over Hugo Almeida and Rui Patricio.
Portugal face the USA on June 22 in a must-win game in Group G.