Friday, 6 November 2009


The ankle injury that has kept Cristiano Ronaldo out of action for a month looks set to rule him out of Portugal's forthcoming "do-or-die" double-header with Bosnia-Hervegovina.

The medical update affirms that Ronaldo needs more recuperation time, and comes in spite of Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz's assertion last month that the star player would definitely be involved in the play-off.

A poor qualification campaign has left Portugal - who finished fourth at the World Cup in Germany in 2006 - in the last chance saloon of the play-offs to seal a berth at South Africa 2010.

Bosnia will be buoyed by the news of Ronaldo's absence as they seek to reach the World Cup Finals for the first time ever. The first leg is in Lisbon on November 14 and the pressure will be on the Portuguese to establish a lead to take to Bosnia the following Wednesday.

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