Paulo Bento has taken the decision to leave Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad for Portugal’s upcoming European Championship qualifier against Albania on Sunday.
Bento confirmed leaving Ronaldo out of his squad on Friday, stating, “As far as our medical department is concerned, Cristiano is not fit to take part and so we decided against calling him up."
Ronaldo was also left out of Real Madrid’s squad for the 4-2 loss against Real Sociedad on Sunday evening and he will now follow a specific recovery regime in the two week international break.
Carlo Ancelotti and his coaching staff are trying to get him ready for the La Liga clash with defending champions, Atletico Madrid, on September 13.
He will be hoping to work his way back to full-fitness after spending the past five months dealing with recurring thigh and muscle issues that have kept him away from regular action on the pitch.
The feeling at Real is that they will rest Ronaldo until he is 100% match-fit rather than risk aggravating the injury.
Meanwhile, Isco has been handed a chance to play in midfield with James Rodriguez moving further up the pitch to accommodate for the loss of Ronaldo.
The change appeared to be seamless as Real marched to a 2-0 lead by the 11th minute of the away match to Sociedad, but the Spanish giants were unable to remain consistent and shipped four unanswered goals afterwards for their first away defeat to the Basque team in ten years.
The Los Blancos will, therefore, be hoping that Ronaldo can make the most of his extended break from football so that he can take the club back to winning ways, when La Liga resumes two weeks from now.
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