Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will link up with the Portugal squad after all as the Spanish club confirmed that the shoulder injury he suffered during El Clasico on Sunday night was not as serious as had been initially feared.
The 27 year-old was injuring when attempting a flying bicycle kick 19 minutes into the second half of the 2-2 draw with Barcelona in Camp Nou and looked to be in pain afterwards.
Los Blancos officials have now given the former Manchester United star permission to leave the Spanish capital and get together with the rest of the Portuguese squad for the qualifiers against Russia in Moscow on Friday and Northern Ireland in Lisbon on 16th October.
A statement on the La Liga champion’s official website read: “Cristiano Ronaldo will today (Monday, 8th October) join the rest of the Portugal squad.
“The Real Madrid striker, who suffered a sprained left shoulder during the match against Barcelona, was examined at his home this morning by Real Madrid doctors, who have said that his injury is not serious and that he does not need to undergo more tests in a hospital.”
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