Ronaldo in Portugal squad despite injury

9th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Portugal national team’s doctors will examine Ronaldo and see if he can take on a new role, possibly even from the bench.

Lisbon – Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz on Sunday announced a 23-man squad, including a nominally injured Cristiano Ronaldo, to face Bosnia in their 14 November and 18 November World Cup playoff games.

Queiroz has called on Ronaldo, despite the opposition of the player's club Real Madrid, who estimate their star will be out of action for at least two more weeks as he recovers from an ankle injury which has forced him to miss the club's last seven matches.

Ronaldo initially injured his right ankle in Real's 3-0 Champions League victory over Marseille at the end of September and aggravated the problem while playing for Portugal on 10 October.

Quieroz said that the national team's doctors would examine him and see if he could play some kind of a role, even from the bench.

Two new names in the squad are Benfica's Fabio Coentrao and Chelsea keeper Hilario while Ricardo Costa, a defender with German champions Wolfsburg, is back after a two-year absence.

Portugal, semi-finalists in 2006, play Bosnia on 14 November in Lisbon and 18 November in Zenica with the winners qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

AFP / Expatica

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