Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Injured Ronaldo Expects to Return Soon

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  •  Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo stands injured before being substituted off during Euro 2020 Group B qualifier match between Portugal and Serbia at Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal, March 25, 2019. Portugal paid the price for poor finishing after their captain and top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off the pitch with an apparent hamstring problem during their Euro 2020 Group B qualifier against Serbia on Monday. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

    Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo stands injured before being substituted off during Euro 2020 Group B qualifier match between Portugal and Serbia at Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal, March 25, 2019. Portugal paid the price for poor finishing after their captain and top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off the pitch with an apparent hamstring problem during their Euro 2020 Group B qualifier against Serbia on Monday. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

    TEMPO.CO, LisbonCristiano Ronaldo does not think the injury which forced him out of Portugal's match against Serbia on Monday is overly serious and he told reporters he expects to return to action in one or two weeks.

    Ronaldo went off in the first half of the Euro 2020 qualifier with an apparent hamstring injury. The match ended 1-1.

    "I'll know more in 24 or 48 hours," he told reporters.

    "It happens, it's football. If you go out in the rain you get wet. I'm calm, I'll be back in one or two weeks."

    A long absence would be a blow to his club Juventus, who signed Ronaldo last year to boost their chances of winning the Champions League. Juventus travel to face Ajax Amsterdam in their quarter-final first leg on April 10 with the return six days later.

    Both Ronaldo and coach Fernando Santos said the referee had apologized to them for not awarding a penalty to Portugal for handball in the second half.

    The referee initially gave the spot kick but then changed his mind. VAR is not used in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

    "It was very clear, the referee should have given it," said Ronaldo. "The linesman was 40 meters away so it seems a bit strange."

    Santos said: "We saw the incident in the dressing room afterwards and neither we nor he had any doubt -- it was a penalty... He apologized." 

    REUTERS