Ronaldo, fit to play despite Juventus' concerns


Cristiano Ronaldo de Juventus reacts during the match against AC Milan for Serie A of Italian football at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy. November 10, 2019. REUTERS / Massimo Pinca

Nov 13 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo is in a position to play for Portugal his qualifying duels for the 2020 Eurocup against Lithuania and Luxembourg, despite concerns about his fitness last weekend, the coach of the Iberian national team, Fernando Santos.

The striker was replaced in the 55th minute of Juventus' victory over AC Milan on Sunday for Serie A and was visibly upset with coach Maurizio Sarri while on his way to the tunnel.

Sarri said after the game that Ronaldo has been trying to overcome a knee problem in recent weeks, without missing any games, and has also dealt with several muscle injuries.

However, Santos said that Portugal's historic scorer – with 95 points – is in optimal physical condition.

Portugal will seal a place in Euro 2020 if it wins Lithuania on Thursday and Serbia does not defeat Luxembourg by Group B.

“If I wasn't fit, we wouldn't have called him. Everyone likes to talk and speculate about Cristiano Ronaldo because he is the best footballer in the world, ”Santos said at a press conference before the home game against the Lithuanians.

“If it were another player, there wouldn't be so much fuss. He is fit and is going to play, ”added Santos, who led Portugal to glory in the 2016 Euro Cup.

Information of Richard Martin. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme

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