Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (4E Sports) – Despite struggling with injuries in recent weeks, Portugal forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be on the field when they take on Germany in their World Cup opener Monday.
Ronaldo was able to play all 120 minutes of Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final last month but there were concerns about his health.
Aside from Germany, Portugal will take on the United States and Ghana in Group G.
The Portuguese FA recently revealed that Ronaldo was suffering with patellar tendinosis and a thigh injury, but he has returned to group training — even throwing one of the New York Jets’ footballs around.
According to sources, Ronaldo appeared to be in good spirits during Monday’s training session and has already been declared fit to face Germany.
Portugal also has concerns over the fitness status of Real Madrid defender Pepe and Fenerbahce midfielder Raul Meireles.
“It is complicated to prepare some weeks before the official game without three players,” coach Paulo Bento said.
“It is true we don’t know [if they will be available]. It will depend on their answer if we will be able to have them. Then we will be able to prepare the game with the entire group,” he added.