It wasn’t enough that Portugal got destroyed by Germany in their opening World Cup game. Now they have been dealt another blow after Cristiano Ronaldo limped out of practice with his knee heavily strapped in ice. He is expected to be out for the rest of the World Cup.
There already had been questions over Ronaldo’s fitness before the tournament. A pulled thigh muscle and tendonitis in his knee forced him to miss two warm-up matches last month.
Ronaldo declared himself healthy before Portugal’s opening 4-0 demolition at the hands of Germany but he was largely ineffective. He did, however, play the entire game.
It now looks like Ronaldo has suffered a recurrence of his injuries after receiving treatment during practice in Campinas.
Ronaldo was taken through a series of stretches before having his left knee bandaged with an ice pack and helped off the field 30 minutes before training finished. Ronaldo watched the rest of the session from the sidelines.
Portugal is already without defender Pepe. Pepe is facing a possible three-match ban for aggressively confronting Thomas Muller in the opening game.
Fellow defender Fabio Coentrao has been ruled out for the rest of the World Cup with a thigh injury while there are also injury questions over Hugo Almeida and Rui Patricio.
Portugal face the United States on June 22 in a must win game in Group G. The US defeatd Ghana 2-1; a win over Portugal will guarantee the US advancement out of the Group.