2014 FIFA World Cup: Ronaldo is fit, insists Portugal despite trouble at training
Campinas: Cristiano Ronaldo is '100 percent' fit and ready for Portugal's opening World Cup match against Germany, William Carvalho said yesterday.
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the pitch during a training session in Campinas on Thursday. Pic/AP/PTI.
The Real Madrid star had ice applied to his left knee after training on Thursday, sparking fears over his fitness ahead of Monday’s Group G opener.
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the pitch during a training session in Campinas on Thursday. He later returned with an ice pack over his left knee suggesting that his tendinitis problem persists. Portugal play Germany on Monday. Pic/AP/PTI.
But Angola-born midfielder Carvalho, speaking at Portugal’s training base in Campinas, outside Sao Paulo, said: “I think he’s now 100 percent fit.” Portugal captain Ronaldo featured in a 5-1 friendly win over the Ireland in the United States earlier this week before being substituted. He had missed two previous warm-up games due to thigh and knee injuries.
“Regarding his physical fitness, that’s more for the doctors to reply but he’s a very important player for us, the best in the world,” added Carvalho.