FIFA World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo plays down injury woes ahead of key USA clash

Ronaldo was off colour in his team's 0-4 hammering by Germany, but many believe he can bounce back.

CRonaldoIceReuters-M The Portuguese captain was spotted with a huge ice pack on his left knee and also received treatment during the practice session. But his teammate and reserve keeper Beto still believes he's "100% fit" (Source: Reuters)
By: Associated Press | Manaus | Published on:June 20, 2014 6:59 pm

the World Cup with a muscle strain. And striker Hugo Almeida limped off mid-way through the first half against Germany with a muscle injury.

Pepe, another Real Madrid defender, is suspended.

The starting lineup, however, won’t affect the team’s need for points, or the Americans’ game plan.

“We’ll see what happens if they come out a little different because they need the win,” Beckerman said. “We’ll be ready for them trying to come after us or sitting back, either one. We’ve got to be ready for everything.”

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