Ronaldo a doubt for Russia & Northern Ireland ties

Updated: October 8, 2012

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt for this Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Russia in Moscow and the home fixture against Northern Ireland in Lisbon next Tuesday (16th October).

The Portuguese sensation sprained his left shoulder during Real Madrid’s 2-2 clash with Barcelona on Sunday at Camp Nou, placing him in doubt for the Portugal national squad this week.

According to Real Madrid’s official website: “Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a sprained left shoulder. He will undergo more tests with doctors over the next few hours.”

Ronaldo scored both of Los Blancos goals during the stalemate with their great rivals before being injured when he landed awkwardly having attempted a bicycle kick 19 minutes into the second half.

The 27 year-old was seen grimacing and holding his shoulder immediately after sustaining the injury.

“Cristiano could be off for two weeks and miss his call-up for Portugal,” said Madrid-based sports daily AS.

Ronaldo is scheduled to undertake a scan on the injury on Monday in Madrid and hierarchy at the Spanish La Liga champions are hopeful that the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (Portuguese Football Federation) will accept a medical certificate for the man who has now scored 120 goals from 108 La Liga appearances for the nine time European champions.

Former FIFA World Player of the Year (2009) Lionel Messi scored both of Barcelona’s goals in reply to Ronaldo’s brace.   The difference in goal celebration of the two stars was worth noting. Messi pointed to the sky to thank God after netting, while Mr. Ronaldo winked at the television cameras after scoring and gave a cheeky smile, as if he was God!

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