Portugal manager coy over Cristiano Ronaldo's injury

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Portugal manager Paulo Bento remains coy over the fitness of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the World Cup.

With Cristiano Ronaldo’s knee injury the major talking point in the Portugal camp ahead of the World Cup, manager Paulo Bento remains coy over the status of his star player.

Speaking with the media ahead of tonight’s friendly against Mexico in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Bento said: “The truth is that Ronaldo is not the only injury problem we have. We have other players with injuries. We had these issues before the match against Greece and we continue to have problems now.

"My expectation and opinion of Ronaldo’s injury hasn’t changed since last Friday.”

Ronaldo has reportedly been suffering with both tendonitis in his knee and a muscle injury since the end of the domestic season with Real Madrid.

He has already been ruled out of the match against Mexico and is also unlikely to feature in the final warm-up game against the Republic of Ireland next Tuesday.

There are now serious fears the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner could miss his side’s opening game of the tournament against Germany on June 16.

With the likes of Franck Ribery, Radamel Falcao, Christian Benteke and Rafael van der Vaart having been ruled out of Brazil by injury, as well as Luis Suarez going through a fitness scare, the World Cup's outcome is setting up to be heavily influenced by its absentees.

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