Ronaldo misses FIFA World Cup warm-up with stomach bug

CR7 is all set to miss the WC warm-up

Cristiano Ronaldo will not train with his Portugal team-mates on Wednesday due to suffering from a ‘stomach bug’ – and looks set to miss their warm-up clash against Nigeria.

Portugal is scheduled to play against Nigeria in Lisbon on Thursday before flying to Qatar, and coach Fernando Santos said Ronaldo will not feature in the game.

Ronaldo, will not train on Wednesday because of the illness, which started amid the controversy caused by his interview.

“He is suffering from gastroenteritis and will not train today for this reason,” Santos told a press conference in Lisbon.

“He won’t be ready (to face Nigeria), he’s resting, as you know, gastritis takes a lot out of players.”

Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

In an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, Cristiano Ronaldo said he felt betrayed and said senior officials at the club have tried to force him out. The interview is set to be broadcast this week on Britain’s TalkTV but advance clips were released late Sunday — just hours after United’s final game before the World Cup.

Ten Hag suspended the 37-year-old after refusing to appear as a substitute during the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in October. Ronaldo has missed United’s past two games because of illness despite Erik Ten Hag insisting last week the striker was likely to be available for the trip to Fulham, which the Dutchman’s side won 2-1 on Sunday.

End of the road for CR7 in Manchester United

“I don’t have respect for him [Ten Hag] because he doesn’t show respect for me,” Ronaldo said in a fragment of the interview that will air in full on Wednesday on “Piers Morgan Uncensored.”

“If you don’t respect me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”

The Portugal star insisted that as opposed to rumors that he was looking for a way out of the club this summer, he said it was United and Ten Hag who pushed him toward the exit. “Manchester United tried to force me out,” he said.


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