After injuries to striker Hugo Almeida and defender Fabio Coentrao during the 4-0 humiliation against Germany, Portugal received a major blow to their World Cup campaign as they are set to miss the services of their talismanic winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has been struggling with injuries since the dying weeks of the domestic season. He played the UEFA Champions league finals and was down with multiple injuries in his thigh and left knee. All the hopes of Portuguese were rested on Ronaldo who had an outstanding season for Real Madrid where he scored 30 goals in La Liga and 17 goals in Champions League that led his side to victory.
He missed the World Cup warm ups and looked jaded in Portugal’s opening game against Germany. After a 4-0 drubbing, Portugal have their task cut out in the remaining two matches in their group. With everything to play for, Portugal needed Ronaldo to step up and get his team through to the next round.
But out of nowhere, it is learnt that the 2014 Ballon d’Or winner has been plagued by patellar tendonitis in his left knee. He has been carrying it for the past few months. He is keen on continuing for his national side inspite of warning issued by the Portuguese team doctor.
With MRI’s showing serious pressure on the patellar tendon in his knee, veteran Portuguese surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha has warned Ronaldo that continuing to play in the World Cup could risk tearing the tendon beyond repair which might end his career.
Dr. Noronha, known for performing top-level knee operations for soccer players, believes Ronaldo needs two months off from the game if he wishes to fully repair the injury to his knee.
“Let your knee rest, or your future is in danger” quoted Dr. Noronha to the El Confidential to which Ronaldo replied, “I’m the one that says whether I’m playing or not”. Ronaldo left training early yesterday with his injured knee covered by ice packs and leaves him in a major doubt ahead of the crucial match against USA.
If Portugal loses any of their remaining group games, they will be knocked out of the tournament.