Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Friday’s friendly match against Mexico as he struggles with leg injuries.
Ronaldo is recovering from tendinitis and a muscle injury, both in his left leg.
The Portuguese football federation says on its website that the Real Madrid star and injured Portugal teammates Pepe and Raul Meireles are all “unfit” and would miss the warm-up against Mexico at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
It is uncertain if Ronaldo will recover in time to face Germany in Portugal’s World Cup opening match on June 16.
At the World Cup, Portugal also plays the United States and Ghana in Group G.
Portugal will play Ireland in a friendly next Tuesday at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium before heading to the tournament in Brazil.
Meanwhile, a Ghanaian witch doctor has claimed responsibility for Ronaldo’s continued injury problems, according to the Guardian.
Nana Kwaku Bonsam, who plies his trade at the Kofioo Kofi shrine in Kumasi, has said he foresaw Ronaldo’s problems since February, and that Ronaldo problems are entirely his doing.
“I know what Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury is about, I’m working on him,” Bonsam said in an interview with the Kumasi-based Angel FM.
“I am very serious about it. Last week, I went around looking for four dogs and I got them to be used in manufacturing a special spirit called Kahwiri Kapam.”
“I said it four months ago that I will work on Cristiano Ronaldo seriously and rule him out of the World up or at least prevent him from playing against Ghana and the best thing I can do is to keep him out though injury.”
“This injury can never be cured by any medic, they can never see what is causing the injury because it is spiritual. Today, it is his knee, tomorrow it is his thigh, next day it is something else.”