Ronaldo trains again ahead of World Cup opener

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Cristiano Ronaldo once again trained ahead of Portugal's opening World Cup match against Germany on Monday, with the winger looking increasingly likely to start the Group G match.

Having played 65 minutes for his country in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland last week, the expectation was that Ronaldo would be fine for the competitive fixture in Brazil.

But, after a training session on Thursday, reports of the Real Madrid star having to have his knee iced sparked fears that he might not be up for the task.

However, international teammate William Carvalho said he would be '100% fit' earlier in the week, and came through his latest outing with any additional scares.

That said, AFP reports that Ronaldo was cautious throughout the session, and did not put his full weight on the left knee, which has been causing him trouble. He'd also been struggling with a thigh problem.

Major Surprise

It would be a major surprise to not see Ronaldo in the starting line-up in Salvador in two days time, given his talismanic value to the national team. And, manager Paulo Bento will be hoping he's at maximum capacity when crossing the whitewash in 48 hours time.

Ronaldo has enjoyed another stellar campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, helping his club side win the Champions League in dramatic fashion after falling short domestically in La Liga.

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Success with Portugal in the World Cup would top all of his previous successes however, although it's sure to be tough in a group that also contains 2010 surprise package Ghana and the USA.

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