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Ronaldo misses Portugal training ahead of South Korea clash

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Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group H – Portugal v Uruguay – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – November 29, 2022 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

  • The Portuguese striker, 37, was doing “specific recovery work” according to a source from the Portuguese football federation
  • Ronaldo, without a club since leaving Manchester United during the tournament, scored a penalty in his country’s opening win over Ghana

Cristiano
Ronaldo did not train with his Portugal team-mates on Wednesday ahead of their
final World Cup group game against South Korea.

The
Portuguese striker, 37, was doing “specific recovery work” according
to a source from the Portuguese football federation.

Ronaldo,
without a club since leaving Manchester United during the tournament, scored a
penalty in his country’s opening win over Ghana.

Portugal
beat Uruguay 2-0 in their second match to qualify for the last 16, with Ronaldo
appearing to claim a goal but he did not touch the ball and it was awarded to
team-mate Bruno Fernandes.

A point
against South Korea on Friday would be enough to guarantee them top spot, while
they could also lose and stay first if Ghana drop points or win but don’t make
up a three-goal deficit.

In part of
Portugal’s training session witnessed by AFP, 21-year-old Benfica striker
Goncalo Ramos joined 10 of the regular starters in a training drill, in
Ronaldo’s absence.

Should
Ronaldo not feature against South Korea, Ramos, RB Leipzig striker Andre Silva
or AC Milan’s Rafael Leao would be in line to start.

“I’m
prepared to be on the pitch, like everyone who is available,” Silva told a
press conference.

“It’s
up to the coach to choose. It’s up to me to be prepared, and you can be sure
that I am prepared.”



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