Portugal's keeper: Cristiano Ronaldo's '100 percent fit to play'
Despite lingering leg injuries, Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly 100 percent healthy, according to his teammate.
Despite two lingering leg injuries, Cristiano Ronaldo has been declared "100 percent fit to play" against the United States on Sunday, according to backup Portuguese keeper Beto.
Beto may assume the starting keeper duties against the US after Rui Patricio injured his thigh in Germany's 4-0 beatdown of Portugal. Beto insisted that despite the heavy ice pack seen on Ronaldo's left knee, the star striker is OK.
"Ronaldo didn't leave [training] early," Beto said. "He finished training at the same time as the rest of the players. Cristiano is 100 percent fit to play. Every match he starts to play, it's because he's fit to play. ... He loves football but his body is the most important thing for him, to be fit, to be healthy so if he starts the match, it's because he's ready, he's fit."
Despite the keeper's insistence, there's little doubt that Ronaldo isn't entirely healthy, but with that said, it's also near-inconceivable that he would miss Sunday's must-win game against the US. The game is in Manaus, the jungle city known for its heat and humidity. The climate could also affect his status.
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