Cristiano Ronaldo injury latest as foot infection causes concern for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt for Portugal’s UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia due to a foot infection.

The 35-year-old informed medical staff of a problem on Wednesday and is now being treated for the infection while on international duty.

Portugal meet Croatia on Saturday evening before facing Sweden away on Tuesday.

And Portugal coach Fernando Santos admitted he does not expect to have his star man back to full fitness in time for their first fixture since November.

“I have some doubts,” Santos said. “He trained very well on Monday and Tuesday and on Wednesday he appeared with a pain in his foot.



Cristiano Ronaldo could miss Portugal's Nations League opener
Cristiano Ronaldo could miss Portugal’s Nations League opener

“We didn’t know what it was, but after lunch the foot became very red. We realized that it was not an injury, but it would be a foot infection and was attacked with antibiotics.

“It is better today, it was seen by a dermatologist and we now expect its evolution. I doubt that tomorrow is 100 percent.

“It is not a type of injury that we can say that passes with two or three days.”

Ronaldo sat out training on Thursday and Friday in a bid to heal his foot prior to the weekend.

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Portugal begin the first defence of their Nations League title on Saturday
Portugal begin the first defence of their Nations League title on Saturday

The Juventus forward is chasing down his 100th international goal with his tally currently sat on 99.

Portugal may have to begin the first defence of their Nations League title without Ronaldo though if he is unable to recover in time.

Andre Silva would likely lead the line in attack in Ronaldo’s absence but Santos will no doubt be hoping his captain is available for at least the Sweden game.

While missing both ties would be frustrating for Ronaldo’s ambitions of grabbing his centurion strike, there are no concerns he will miss Juventus’ Serie A opener on September 20 against Sampdoria.

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