Ronaldo’s Portugal Mystery: Italian press say Juventus have ‘anxiety’ over star man’s knee injury with him set to play for national side tonight amid row with boss Maurizio Sarri
- Juventus ‘deeply anxious’ cRISTIANO Ronaldo will aggravate his knee problem
- The 34-year-old is with Portugal for their concluding Euro 2020 qualifiers
- He is expected to play in both their matches against Lithuania and Luxembourg
- Maurizio Sarri said at the weekend Ronaldo has a swelling on knee collateral
- But Portugal boss Fernando Santos has reported Ronaldo is training normally
The Italian league leaders are involved in a delicate situation amid claim and counter-claim over the true condition of the 34-year-old star’s right knee.
Manager Maurizio Sarri withdrew Ronaldo after just 55 minutes of Juve’s 1-0 win over AC Milan on Sunday and claimed afterwards that the Portuguese was suffering from an injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been involved in Portugal’s training session in Oeiras this week
Ronaldo showed no sign of the apparent knee injury his club manager Sarri claimed he had
Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport lead on Juve’s Ronaldo ‘anxiety’ on Thursday
Sarri said that Ronaldo ‘took a blow to the knee and has a hematoma on the internal collateral’. The manager added: ‘It is not a huge problem, but it needs conditioning.’
According to reports in Italy, Ronaldo has been struggling with the issue for the best part of three weeks and hasn’t been training with the Juventus group.
The injury first came to light ahead of Juve’s 2-1 home win over Genoa on October 30, a match in which Ronaldo scored.
He subsequently played the full 90 minutes of their 1-0 derby win at Torino and 82 minutes of the Champions League fixture away to Lokomotiv Moscow.
Tuttosport also report on Ronaldo with the headline ‘CR7 Anxiety’ in Thursday’s edition
Ronaldo reacted furiously after Sarri substituted him early in the 1-0 win over AC Milan
But what is causing Juventus most apprehension is that the Portugal manager Fernando Santos has played down the injury and plans to use Ronaldo in their Euro 2020 qualifier with Lithuania in Faro on Thursday evening.
The defending European champions, who have Serbia breathing down their neck in qualifying Group B as they try to secure automatic qualification, then travel to Luxembourg on Sunday.
Speaking on Wednesday, Santos insisted that Ronaldo had been training normally and was as motivated as ever, saying: ‘If he hadn’t have been good, I wouldn’t even have called him.’
Manager Fernando Santos insists his star man is fit and ready to play in this week’s qualifiers
He added: ‘Everyone wants to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo and give his…