The Portuguese federation has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Portugal’s friendly vs Mexico this Saturday following a knee injury as he struggles to gain match fitness ahead of the World Cup.
Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, along with defender Pepe and midfielder Raul Meireles. will miss the Portugal’s friendly match against Mexico as he tries to recover from leg injuries in time for the team’s June 16 World Cup opener against Germany.
The Portuguese Football Federation announced on Thursday that the forward has been ruled out of the World Cup warm-up game in Foxborough, Massachusetts, with tendinitis and a muscle injury in his left leg.
Portugal face the Republic of Ireland in New Jersey in their final warm-up game, before taking on Germany in their Group G opener on June 16. However, there are still doubts whether Ronaldo will be fit before the all important opener against Germany.
Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 10th UEFA Champions League title, scoring a record 17 goals in the competition, despite being constantly troubled by leg injuries in the 2013-14 season.
Portugal will also face the United States and Ghana in a group that is being considered this year’s Group of Death.