Cristiano Ronaldo cleared for Zlatan Ibrahimovic showdown

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Worries that Cristiano Ronaldo may not be fit enough for the much anticipated showdown with Zlatan Ibrahimovic this week have been eased.

Ronaldo missed training on Tuesday but, according to the Daily Mail, a source close to the Portugal camp has revealed this was just a precaution after he picked up a slight injury with Real Madrid.

Portugal's playoff clash with Sweden for a place at Brazil 2014 has been getting many football fans excited at the prospect of a meeting between two of world football's form players right now in Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic.

So the former Manchester United man sitting out training had many fearing the showdown would not take place.

"It was just a precautionary measure that he rested for a couple of days after picking up a slight knock with Real Madrid," the Portugal source is quoted as saying in the report.

"He will be eased back in, as the squad step up their preparations, and he will be in the starting line-up. There is nothing more certain."

While watching Portugal take on Sweden is set to be an exciting experience, it obviously means one of the biggest stars in world football will not be present at Brazil 2014, which many view as an unacceptable prospect.

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are capable of dominating and deciding a game single-handedly, but their respective supporting casts at international level do not quite match up to what they are used to with their clubs.

The first leg takes place on Friday in Lisbon and the second leg in Solna will be on the following Tuesday.

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