Updates from Tuesday, July 1
Cristiano Ronaldo plans to attend Real Madrid's pre-season tour to the US, according to ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan.
Ronaldo is now back home after an injury-restricted World Cup, and it is not feared that his recent struggles will filter into the start of Madrid's 2014-15 campaign:
Ronaldo apparently working with 'personal physio' Antonio Gaspar on return, but plans to be on plane to US with Madrid squad on July 21.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) July 1, 2014
Updates from Thursday, June 26
Portugal's team doctor, Henrique Jones, has reportedly angered Real Madrid officials by opening up on Cristiano Ronaldo's injury.
Jones intimated that Ronaldo was now able to get proper treatment after joining the Portugal camp, and also suggested—contrary to previous reports—that Ronaldo was in no pain. Jose Luis Calderon and Sergio Fernandez of Marca report:
Dr. Henrique Jones has spoken openly for the first time regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's injury. He did not hold back or dodge the issue, calling it tendinopathy and describing it as asymptomatic, i.e., it does not hurt. This contradicts comments made by Cristiano himself ahead of the Germany match, when he said he was in constant pain when playing.
CR7's comments have not gone down well at Real Madrid, nor have Jones' revelations regarding the delicate situation with his fitness prior to the end of the season: "He hardly trained at the end. He just played. At least he has been able to rest here ", the doctor elaborated.
Updates from Wednesday, June 25
Cristiano Ronaldo is fitter than when he joined up with the Portugal camp and will be ready to play in their final World Cup group game against Ghana.
[Ronaldo] is better than when he joined up with the national team. He is training as he has never trained at Madrid. In medical terms I do not know if he is at 100 percent, but clinically Cristiano is in condition to play. He just has a small discomfort from the tendinitis which he has been suffering from.
Updates from Monday, June 23
Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to blame his fitness concerns for Portugal's World Cup struggles, although he claims his physical problems have been "overcome."
I do not want to use my physical problems as an excuse. That is already overcome. I am here to show my face, to try and give my best, to run... It is not worth talking more about what I have. There is news in the papers every day about what I have, the knee, the tendonitis, about that, the other...
But I do not want to justify myself. I am here in body and soul to help the national team and we have not achieved our objective. Now we will see what happens in the next game.
Updates from Sunday, June 22
Cristiano Ronaldo is in Portugal's starting lineup for today's match vs. the United States (via The Sun):
Updates from Saturday, June 21
Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated has an update on Ronaldo's status:
Raul Meireles: "Cristiano is fit to play."— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 21, 2014
Updates from Friday, June 20
ESPNFC has the latest on Ronaldo's issue:
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo wore a brace on his left knee and defender Bruno Alves missed training on Friday as coach Paolo Bento prepared his injury-hit squad for their crucial World Cup clash against the U.S.
Ronaldo had been a doubt to face Germany in their opening Group G game, but declared himself fit to play before failing to make an impact as the Portuguese suffered a 4-0 thrashing.
Reports said he appeared in good spirits at the training session, but Portugal's concerns are growing ahead of the crucial game in Manaus on Sunday.
Updates from Thursday, June 19
Greg Lalas recently appeared on New Day to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's injury status:
Updates from Wednesday, June 18
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to try to manage his hamstring injury as he prepares for Portugal's match vs. the United States (via Rory Smith of The Times):
Ronaldo left training 7 minutes early, and still had time to stand around and sign autographs. Ice on his knee for the 2nd time in a week.— Rory Smith (@RorySmithTimes) June 18, 2014
The exit was just precautionary to protect the star player from further injury (via Jan Hagen):
Ronaldo leaving the training early was just precaution. He's NOT out of the World Cup. Please check your sources before spreading rumours.— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) June 18, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 16
FIFA World Cup provides Portugal's lineup for today's match against Germany:
Updates from Sunday, June 15
Cristiano Ronaldo spoke about his fitness prior to Portgual's World Cup opener vs. Germany (via FIFA.com):
'I have been practising for a few days, which I couldn't do if I was injured,' said Ronaldo ahead of the Group G clash. 'I'd like to be 110 percent, but I am at 100 percent and ready to help the national team.
'Obviously, I would like to play without pain, but in my entire career I have always had injuries and knocks to deal with, but I am ready to play.'
Updates from Friday, June 13
Cristiano Ronaldo emerged unscathed from Portugal's training session on Friday and should now be fit to start in Monday's World Cup clash with Germany.
Manu Sainz of AS reported the following:
Ronaldo earlier appeared to allay fears over his fitness, posting a positive tweet that reflected on Thursday's training session.
Ronaldo had walked away from the session with ice on his knee but tweeted the following to suggest he isn't worried:
What a great first training session and day yesterday. http://t.co/3HmGPTfzXb— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 13, 2014
Updates from Thursday, June 12.
As Portugal prepare for the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo left training after 15 minutes (via Ben Jata of Opta and Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com)
BBC Sport had more from training on Ronaldo's health:
Team-mate Joao Moutinho played down concerns about Ronaldo's fitness.
The Monaco midfielder said: "Ever since he started to train with us he has been 100% like the rest of us.
"Everything is fine with him but there is some caution, not only with him. Many other players were using ice as well. There is nothing to worry about. The ice is normal after training."
Earlier in the day, Ronaldo declared himself fit for the tournament.
AS reported that Ronaldo gave the following brief update after Portugal's 5-1 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland:
Cristiano Ronaldo said in the aftermath of Portugal's 5-1 thrashing of Ireland in New Jersey that he was "at 99.9%" fitness.
The Madrid number seven seemed in a relaxed mood after coming through his side's final friendly before they depart from Campinas (Brazil) unscathed
Updates from Wednesday, June 11
Portugal boss Paolo Bento spoke positively after Cristiano Ronaldo made an impressive return to action in Tuesday's 5-1 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland.
Ronaldo played 66 minutes, after which Bento said, per the Daily Mail's Philip Quinn:
Yes, it was important that he played and we would not hide it. A player like Ronaldo is important for any team, and that's the case for us. It's good that he is back.
Updates from Tuesday, June 10
ESPN FC reports the latest on Ronaldo, quoting Portugal coach Paolo Bento:
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to captain his country for its World Cup opener against Germany on Monday, a source told ESPN.
"It is complicated to prepare some weeks before the official game without three players," Bento told the media. "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.
"It is complicated missing some players, but the biggest problem is for the player, who won't be able to do what he likes to do the most."
Despite Bento's remarks, ESPN has been informed that Ronaldo, who appeared to be in good spirits during Monday's training session, has already been declared fit to face Germany.
ESPN's SportsCenter Twitter account later confirmed Ronaldo's status tonight for a friendly vs. Ireland:
THIS JUST IN: Cristiano Ronaldo is starting in Portugal's friendly against Ireland tonight.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 10, 2014
Updates from Saturday, June 7
FIFA's Jan Hagen reports fantastic news for Portugal fans regarding their star:
Official: The World Cup is saved! Ronaldo is back in training with the rest of the Portugal squad.— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) June 7, 2014
Updates from Thursday, June 5
Tom Marshall of ESPNFC has the latest on Ronaldo, and the news isn't good:
OFFICIAL: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Raúl Meireles won't be playing for Portugal against Mexico tomorrow.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) June 5, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 4
The Spanish newspaper said:
The Portuguese Football Federation has announced in an official statement that Cristiano Ronaldo is suffering from tendonitis in the patellar tendon of his left leg.
This is the first time that the Federation has admitted the player's affliction since the team first met up on 29th May.
Fears continue to persist over the fitness of Ronaldo ahead of the World Cup. Sergio Fernandez of Marca reports that the Real Madrid star will definitely be ready to start the opening fixture against Germany, but the concern is over how limited he will be in his movement:
All at the Portugal camp are in agreement that the player will take part; what worries them is at what level he will do so. ...
... Saturday's CAT scan's results showed a slight and insufficient improvement. The patellar ligament is very tough and is not broken so easily. ...
... That said, sources at the Portugal camp when talking to MARCA do not completely rule out a slight breakage: "It would be very difficult to diagnose. He has a muscular injury that is recovering well, that needs treatment and a lot of rest - something that the player hasn't been able to do."
Updates from Friday, May 30
Cristiano Ronaldo will play no part in Portugal's forthcoming World Cup warm-up match against Greece.
The official 2014 World Cup Twitter reported the following on Friday:
Ronaldo arrived at the Portugal training camp still carrying the injury that affected his end to the season with Real Madrid.
He isn't considered a major doubt for the World Cup, but the Portugal FA described the problem as the following in an official statement (h/t Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC): "Soreness in the posterior region of the left thigh, specific recovery work in the hotel."
Portugal boss Paulo Bento was also quoted by Corrigan:
We have faith that [Ronaldo] will arrive fine at the tournament. At this moment you must know what is happening and look at the condition in which he will arrive. Then we will try and manage his condition in best way possible.
Updates from Friday, May 23
Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived in Lisbon for the Champions League final and is reportedly fit to lead Real Madrid's charge for La Decima.
Ahead of Saturday's clash with Atletico, Real's official Twitter provided the following image:
The Daily Mirror's Martin Lipton, who is in Portugal, insists fitness fears over the world's best player are over:
Cristiano Ronaldo WILL be fit for the Champions League Final after finally joining in training with his Real Madrid team-mates.
The Portuguese superstar's place has been in question after missing all this week's previous sessions having been ruled out of Madrid's final La Liga game against Espanyol with a groin strain. ...
... But after two days of absence, Ronaldo joined in the final 25 minutes of work at Real's Valdebebas training complex on Thursday ahead of Friday's flight to Lisbon, running alongside Gareth Bale to demonstrate his fitness.
Updates from Tuesday, May 20
Cristiano Ronaldo continued his bid to be fit for the Champions League final on Tuesday, training separately from the rest of his Real Madrid team-mates.
Ahead of Saturday's showdown with Atletico, ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan noted:
Cristiano's come out on Valdebebas pitch jogging on his own, while others do sprints alongside.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 20, 2014
Later Ronaldo stated the following, per Corrigan:
Ronaldo comes out to mixed zone at Valdebebas to say he's feeling better, not yet 100% but will be fine for final pic.twitter.com/ZJvRYUA5J4— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 20, 2014
Real Madrid's Twitter account added an official voice to Tuesday's news:
Updates from Monday, May 19
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be fit for Real Madrid's Champions League final showdown with Atletico, despite pulling up in the warm-up ahead of Saturday's clash with Espanyol.
Marca's P. Polo reports:
Cristiano Ronaldo is also shaping up well ahead of the clash against Atlético: his test results following the Espanyol scare didn't reveal anything major, so he will be able to lead Real's quest for 'La Décima'.
Updates from Saturday, May 17
The Real Madrid C.F. Twitter account has released today's starting lineup vs. Espanyol:
Ronaldo was officially in the starting lineup, but things changed during warmups according to the Football Espana Twitter account:
Ronaldo has pulled up in the warm-up and will be replaced by Isco for Real Madrid's clash with Espanyol.— footballespana (@footballespana_) May 17, 2014
But according to Sky Sports, fans shouldn't be worried moving forward:
Carlo Ancelotti expects Cristiano Ronaldo & Karim Benzema to be fit for Champions League final #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 17, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 16
Cristiano Ronaldo will play in Real Madrid's final game of the domestic season against Espanyol, despite the fact it is a meaningless fixture for the Champions League finalists.
Ronaldo has been nursing a hamstring issue, but Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he will play, via Madrid's official Twitter:
Updates from Wednesday, May 14
Cristiano Ronaldo trained on Wednesday as he stepped up his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Real Madrid's official Twitter account reported the following ahead of their final La Liga game against Espanyol:
Updates from Monday, May 12
Cristiano Ronaldo will be fully fit for the Champions League final, Carlo Ancelotti declared on Monday.
Reported by Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC, Ancelotti said of Ronaldo's hamstring:
Ronaldo underwent treatment this morning and is almost fully recovered. We have a fortnight to prepare for the match and I think they'll be completely fit for the final. I think he'll be able to play against Espanyol [next Saturday].
Updates from Saturday, May 10
Ronaldo may have trained with Real on Thursday, but he did not do enough to convince the club's medical staff of his fitness as he will miss the clash with Celta Vigo on Sunday. Real's official Twitter account quoted manager Carlo Ancelotti:
Updates from Thursday, May 8
Cristiano Ronaldo offered a positive sight for Real Madrid fans on Thursday as he returned to training less than 24 hours after being substituted with a hamstring problem at Valladolid.
Rhiannon Jones, broadcast journalist for Real Madrid TV, tweeted the following:
Good to see Cristiano, Bale & Carvajal at training today/ Ronaldo, Bale y Carvajal corrieron sobre el césped hoy. pic.twitter.com/VaO26IHqaP— Rhiannon Jones (@rhiannoncwjones) May 8, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 7
Mark Doyle of Goal.com provides Carlo Ancelotti's post-match comments on Cristiano Ronaldo's injury:
We'll see in the next few days how Cristiano is, but it's not a serious problem.
He was not comfortable, though, so I changed him.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo exited the pitch during Wednesday's La Liga fixture against Valladolid with a hamstring injury.
Madrid's official Twitter account reported the news of Ronaldo's ailment, noting that Alvaro Morata came on in his place in the eighth minute, while Fox Soccer Trax specified what caused Ronaldo to leave the game:
9 SPAIN latest Cristiano Ronaldo looks to have aggravated that hamstring - he is replaced by Morata— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) May 7, 2014
Ronaldo has scored an amazing 31 goals in 29 league matches in the 2013-14 season (h/t FoxSports.com), and he has been flashing particularly brilliant form as of late:
But Real entered Wednesday's showdown on the road five points behind Atletico Madrid in the standings. Valladolid are in danger of relegation, so their incentive to play hard toward the end of the year will make it all the more difficult for Real to pull out three points in this one if Ronaldo can't contribute.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti tried to quell the apprehension surrounding Ronaldo's health on Tuesday, but now it looks as though the fears were well founded:
English sports personality Richard Keys was looking even further ahead to what Ronaldo's injury could mean for the future:
Ronaldo apparently feeling hamstring in training today. He's got 17 days to get for for the C Lge Final.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) May 7, 2014
It may be too little, too late for Ancelotti's club to catch Atletico for the La Liga trophy as it is. However, it's possible to avenge that when the two sides meet in the UEFA Champions League final. For Real to have a legitimate chance at that title, though, Ronaldo will have to be driving the attack.
Ronaldo showed his competitiveness and passion for football by starting on Wednesday, but he was clearly not fit enough to play. Ancelotti must take every precaution with him moving forward for Real to have a shot at winning the Champions League final.