Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo first message after injury scare ahead of the Manchester derby has raised doubts about the Portugal international availability in the coming weekend.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner suffered a facial injury while on international duty with Portugal, the extent of the injury is yet to be revealed but it has raised questions yet to be answered.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of the season a week ago in United’s 2-0 Europa League victory over Sheriff Tiraspol, was left with blood streaming from his nose after colliding with goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik during Portugal’s 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Prague on Saturday night.
Ronaldo, who later assisted Diogo Jota on Portugal’s fourth goal, clashed with Vaclik in the 13th minute, resulting in the Czech Republic goalie throwing his arms into the United star’s face.
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It was a completely unintentional incident, but Ronaldo required medical attention as a result.
Luckily for him, Portugal, and Manchester United, he was able to continue playing and completed the entire match.
And following the 4-0 triumph, the 37-year-old made no mention of his injury on social media, suggesting that he sustained no permanent harm and is fit to play in Portugal’s crucial match against Spain on Tuesday evening.
Taking to his Instagram page, Ronaldo wrote: “Great game, important team win! We stay focused on our goal. Thanks to the Portuguese audience for the fantastic support.”
Ronaldo, who also suffered an ankle injury during the match, will look to propel Portugal to the Nations League finals when they face Spain in their last Group A2 match on Tuesday.
In Braga, the 2016 European Champions will just need a single point to secure first place.
Spain, however, might overtake them and take the top spot with a victory, so the battle has a lot at stake. United duo Diogo Dalot (2) and Bruno Fernandes contributed to the victory against the Czech Republic.