Cristiano Ronaldo told Portuguese media that his troublesome left knee was fine on Thursday during a training session in which a fan ran onto the field to get his autograph. Ronaldo, who has suffered tendinosis around the knee, gave a thumbs up to RPT television when asked if he was 100 percent physically and said “it’s fine.”
Around 10,000 fans watched the open training session in Campinas in a carnival atmosphere. At one point, a woman ran onto the pitch to try and reach Ronaldo, evaded one security guard and ran another 40 metres before being brought down by another.
Ronaldo, who played in Portugal’s 5-1 friendly win over Ireland on Wednesday, went over to sign his autograph on her shirt before the Portugal players threw shirts into the crowd amid hysterical scenes. Left back Fabio Coentrao was the only player to appear on the Portuguese federation’s daily medical bulletin after he missed training because of a bruised right buttock. Portugal face Germany in their opening World Cup game on Monday. “Portugal will not change our style or identity against any opponents,” said midfielder Joao Moutinho in a news conference after the practice. “We have to impose our type of football.”
SUAREZ ON THE MEND
Uruguay will give star striker Luis Suarez every chance to prove his fitness less than a month after having knee surgery ahead of their World Cup opener with Costa Rica in Fortaleza on Saturday. The Premier League Player of the Year had an operation to repair damage to the meniscus in his left knee on May 22, but has remained steadfast in his determination to feature inBrazil.
“I want to tell everyone that the recovery is going very well and that the knee feels good. Everything depends on how things go day-by-day, but it is going well,” Suarez said via his official Twitter account. “I want to thank you all for the messages of support I have received throughout the week and my mind is now focused on the World Cup.”
However, with tougher tests on paper in England and Italy to come for the 2010 semifinalists later in Group D, coach Oscar Tabarez may be tempted to give his star man a few extra days to recover. “If it was down to me then Suarez would play,” said Tabarez.