Ronaldinho Injury: Updates on Brazil Star's Thigh, Likely Return Date
Updates from Monday, Dec. 9
Ronaldinho made his playing return for Atletico Mineiro over the weekend, scoring twice to signal an instant return to form.
The following was his best effort. Can Brazil really afford not to pick him for the World Cup?
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 19
Ronaldinho insists he hopes to break back into Brazil's squad for the 2014 World Cup, as he nears a return to action for Atletico Mineiro.
The former Barcelona man is expected to return from his thigh problem in December and told Globo Esporte, via Sky Sports:
I have not given up on the Brazil squad but I honestly don't make plans, I live in the present.
I fight for the Brazilian league title, then the Club World Cup, I am not thinking about next year.
My goal is to advance step by step, do my best, have a great Club World Cup and then let's see.
Legendary Brazilian Ronaldinho has suffered a torn muscle in his thigh that will reportedly keep him off the pitch for at least a couple of months.
FIFA.com has the unfortunate news:
Club doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told reporters the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ champion had suffered the injury on Thursday and an MRI showed a torn muscle.
"We must be careful in talking about time frames when it comes to a muscle injury -- it depends much on the player," Globo Sports quoted Lasmar as saying.
"It is a serious injury and the recovery time is not short. He could be back in three months, three and a half, two and a half.
"I think it is possible he will play the World championship."
The world championship he is referring to, of course, is December's FIFA Club World Cup. Ronaldinho, who helped lead Atletico Mineiro to the 2013 Copa Libertadores title in July to clinch a spot in the World Cup, was hoping to join his squad in Morocco.
That is still a possibility, but the 33-year-old now will have to work hard in order to get fit for the tournament that features European champion Bayern Munich.
Ronaldinho, one of the most skilled players of all time, has scored five goals and tallied two assists in 13 Brasileiro appearances this season.
Although the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year is clearly on the downslope of his career, he is still a joy to watch and capable of being a very dangerous player.
If Atletico Mineiro is going to repeat Brazilian squad Corinthians' success from last year, his inclusion in the lineup will be integral.
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