LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal says forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tendinitis in his left leg to go with a left leg muscle injury as the team prepares for its World Cup opener on June 16 against Germany.
The Portuguese Football Federation also says in a medical report that Pepe, midfielder Raul Meireles and goalkeeper Beto all trained separately on Tuesday as they recover from injuries. Ronaldo, the world player of the year, helped Madrid win the Champions League last month despite being hampered by leg injuries late in the season.
Portugal is in the United States, where it will play Mexico on Friday and Ireland next week in friendlies before heading to Brazil. At the World Cup, Portugal also plays the USA and Ghana in Group G.
Villa: Cup will be his last appearance with Spain
MADRID (AP) — David Villa, Spain’s all-time leading scorer, says this World Cup will be his last event with the national team.
The striker tells Spanish television station Cuatro, “I don’t like to say it, but yes, obviously this will be my last World Cup and my last games with the selection given my age, my level of performance, and everything I have given the team. It is time.”
Villa, 32, has scored 56 goals for Spain and helped it win the 2008 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup.
On Monday, Villa signed a three-year contract with New York City FC, becoming the first player to join the expansion Major League Soccer team. Villa helped Atletico Madrid win the Spanish league this season.
Rooney’s scoring drought at four games
MIAMI GARDENS, Florida (AP) — Struggling up front for England, Wayne Rooney is set to be shunted to the left wing as coach Roy Hodgson experiments ahead of the World Cup in the team’s penultimate warm-up game. If Rooney is as unimpressive against Ecuador in Miami Gardens on Wednesday, as he was in Friday’s 3-0 victory over Peru at Wembley Stadium, there will be growing reservations about Rooney’s right to start in Brazil.