Portugal give latest Cristiano Ronaldo injury update

Portugal boss Paulo Bento refuses to put a timeframe on Cristiano Ronaldo's return from injury ahead of the World Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo Photo: The Sport Review

Paulo Bento has fuelled fears that Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Portugal’s opening World Cup game against Germany after refusing to put a timeframe on his return from injury.

The Portugal captain, who sat out the 1-0 friendly victory over Mexico on Friday, is currently struggling with a series of persistent leg problems.

As soon as he is ready to train, we will make that announcement

Paulo Bento

And Bento failed to confirm whether the Real Madrid star will be ready for the Group G clash against Germany on 16 June.

“The situation is evolving and our expectations are evolving constantly,” Bento said.

“When he’s ready to play is a decision that will be made just like any other player, regardless of who it is.

“I’m not at liberty to discuss at full length the situation. As soon as he is ready to train, we will make that announcement.

“We have to prepare for Germany regardless. The decision of if he will play and when is up to me, the player and the doctors. Ronaldo is not the only good player we have.

“But it’s also true I can’t change your [the media’s] opinions. We’ll continue with the work we’ve been developing until now. The only issue is when he will be able to join us and to play.”

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