Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 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.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo trains with his team at Windsor Park
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo trains with his team at Windsor Park
©Russell Pritchard  5th September 2013
The Portugal team arrive in Belfast today ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland
Real Madrids Christiano Ronaldo
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard 5th September 2013 The Portugal team arrive in Belfast today ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Northern Ireland Real Madrids Christiano Ronaldo ©Russell Pritchard / 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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