Portugal will be fighting to keep their World Cup campaign alive when they face USA in tonight’s late game.
But after a 4-0 defeat by Germany in their opening Group G match, images of Ronaldo training with an ice pack on his knee have further worried Portugal’s fans.
Portugal’s coach Paulo Bento has not said whether Ronaldo will play. But he bemoaned the fact that four others – the suspended Pepe and injured fullback Fabio Coentrao, forward Hugo Almeida and goalkeeper Rui Patricio – would be missing.
“It is not a scenario that the Portuguese are used to,” he added.
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be without striker Jozy Altidore who has a hamstring injury. Clint Dempsey, who scored the first goal against Ghana, is likely to wear a protective face mask after breaking his nose in the first game.