Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Ronaldo will captain Portugal at Windsor Park despite injury scare

Paul Bento admits Northern Ireland look strong after Russia victory

Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain Cristiano Ronaldo trains with his team. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Portugal train at Windsor Park ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland on Friday night. Real Madrid star and Portugal's captain Cristiano Ronaldo trains with his team. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.

Cristiano Ronaldo will face Northern Ireland on Friday night, despite an injury scare. 

The Real Madrid superstar will captain Portugal in the World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park.

"Yes, provided nothing abnormal occurs between now and tomorrow I believe he will be fit to play," said Portugal coach Paulo Bento at a press conference in Belfast on Thursday.

Northern Ireland go into the game boosted by last month's 1-0 win over Russia and that result has Bento on his guard.

"Northern Ireland beating Russia was a warning to us," he said.

"We knew that this match was going to be tough, but the last match and the way that Northern Ireland beat Russia showed that they are really a strong squad and we have to be aware of what they can do."

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