Cristiano Ronaldo cleared to join Portugal national team for WC qualifier

MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Cristiano Ronaldo has been cleared to join up with his Portugal teammates, after scans showed no signs of any serious problems to his injured left shoulder.

Ronaldo sprained his left shoulder attempting an over head kick against Barcelona on Sunday.

The speedy winger fell on the same shoulder again after being tripped by Adriano later on in the game and looked in some discomfort when being examined.

Following the game, reports in Spain had suggested that the former Manchester United star could spend some time on the sidelines, but his club is now reporting that the player is fine to join his national team.

A statement on www.realmadrid.com reads: “Cristiano Ronaldo will today join the rest of the Portugal squad. The Real Madrid forward, who suffered a sprained left shoulder during the match against Barcelona, was examined at his home this morning by Real Madrid doctors, who have said that his injury is not serious and that he does not need to undergo more tests in a hospital.

Ronaldo will undergo further observations while with the national team, but is expected to play for Portugal against Russia in the World Cup 2014 qualifier in Moscow on Friday.

Real Madrid and Barcelona played to a 2-2 draw in their first Clasico of the La Liga season and Ronaldo netted both his team’s goals.

As predicted by many, Lionel Messi was the hero for Barcelona – and he too scored twice.

Reporting by WALTER-HOYOS

Walter Hoyos joins SportingAlert as contributor for Spanish football and the Spain national team. I like to travel, one of the favourite things on my list, but I also like to just spend time with family and friends when I am not covering football games. Hope to dump into some of my readers some day.

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