Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Portugal’s World Cup warm-up match against Greece with a thigh injury.
The Real Madrid star sat out of Friday’s training session with muscular pain in his left thigh, and Portugal coach Paulo Bento decided not to risk aggravating the injury ahead of their World Cup opener against Germany.
Bento did not think there was any risk of Ronaldo missing Portugal’s opening World Cup match against Germany, but added that he had to ‘consider every scenario’, hinting that the problem may be slightly more serious than he and the backup staff are willing to publicly admit.
Bento told reporters: “He will be with us but he will not compete,” before adding that Pepe would also be rested.
“What I don’t want to do is put any sort of pressure on a player that causes them to compete when they are not in a the right state to do so.
“The player’s well-being comes first. I want him to be in the best possible form without running any risks.”
Ronaldo struggled with niggling injuries in the last month of La Liga, missing Real’s season closer, but did manage to play all 120 minutes of the Champions League final.
Bento scoffed at suggestions that Ronaldo’s presence in the squad put Portugal among the World Cup favourites.
“The fact that we have the best player in the way doesn’t make it an obligation for us to be world champions. Our first target is to get to the round of 16.”