Cristiano Ronaldo Struggles, Hampers Portugal's World Cup Preparations

Cristiano Ronaldo was unimpressive when Portugal went 4-0 down to Germany in their first FIFA World Cup 2014 match. He is still not his best yet and was seen with ice packs at a recent training session.

updated: June 21, 2014 12:03 IST
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Get going, now! Portugal's fate in this edition of FIFA World Cup depends a lot on Ronaldo's form and fitness.

Manaus: Lingering doubts about the fitness of world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo have left Portugal in disarray ahead of their World Cup Group G clash with the United States in Manaus on Sunday.

Already reeling from a crushing 4-0 defeat to Germany in their opener, Portugal face almost certain elimination if they lose to US.

But their preparation for the game could not be going much worse. Although the Portugal camp insist the Real Madrid forward is fit, Ronaldo has been seen sporting an ice pack on his knee at training sessions and leaving early as his team-mates continued to train, while he was far from his scintillating best against the Germans.

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