Portugal could be dealt a huge blow ahead of the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil with reports superstar Christiano Ronaldo is suffering from the effects of a muscle injury on the back of his left leg, as well as patellar tendinitis.
Currently amidst a Soccer World Cup lead-up training camp in New Jersey, Ronaldo has spent time alongside fellow injury-niggled team mates Beto, Pepe and Raul Meireles undergoing specific exercise regimes, designed to strengthen their problem areas to offer the best possible chance of full-fitness ahead of their campaign opener against Germany in Salvador on June 16th.
Veteran winger Nani told AFP that while not ideal, he is confident the Portuguese squad has the depth and talent to cover the 2014 Ballon d’Or winner throughout the Soccer World Cup.
“We hope that Christiano 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 he is not there, whoever is there playing had to be confident in their ability and get the job done.
“The World Cup is a one-of-a-kind challenge. I was to be fully fit and in top form alongside my team mates.”
Captain for the Portuguese National Football Team, Ronaldo has scored a record total of 49 goals over 110 appearances in the Red and Green, and would undoubtedly figure as the Cup’s biggest omission if unable to take to the pitch.
Portugal have been drawn alongside fellow European giant Germany, as well as African mainstay Ghana and the USA in Group G for the 2014 Soccer World Cup, and are currently offered at $1.50 odds to progress through to the knock-out stage.
Currently tied on the eighth line on betting to lift the World Cup on July 13th, Portugal can be taken at generous $29 for success at Ladbrokes.com.au.