MANAUS, BRAZIL - Portugal’s World Cup started off disastrously.
Now, it very well could be over after doctors have reportedly told Cristiano Ronaldo his career will be at risk if he continues playing at the World Cup.
TSN first reported Wednesday that the world’s best player is suffering from a knee injury.
Ronaldo was photographed with an ice pack on his left knee after a Portuguese training session Wednesday in Sao Paulo but he still participated with his teammates.
Later in the day reports indicated that Ronaldo’s doctor wants him to pull out of the World Cup because of the injury. The doctor is suggesting Ronaldo could risk tearing the tendon in his knee, an injury that could put his future in soccer at risk.
Although he declared himself 100% fit coming into the tournament, Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury before leaving for Brazil. He missed regular training sessions and two warm-up matches.
The Portuguese, who were trounced 4-0 by Germany last week in Salvador, play the United States here in the Amazon Sunday.
They’ll also be without veteran centre back Pepe, who was sent off against Germany, as well as striker Hugo Almeida and defender Fabio Coentrao.
The U.S. is suffering from its own injury bug.
Clint Dempsey sustained a broken nose in the Yanks’ 2-1 last-gasp win over Ghana in Group G action over the weekend.
And striker Jozy Altidore departed early with a hamstring injury.
— with files from Morris Dalla Costa