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Ronaldo to start for Portugal despite injury

At a training session on Friday Cristiano Ronaldo was again seen with a brace on his left knee.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on 16 June, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. Picture: Fifa.com

SAO PAULO - Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start for Portugal this evening, when they take on the United States.

The World Player of the Year has been struggling with a knee injury and was in doubt for his team's second group game.

At a training session on Friday Ronaldo was again seen with a brace on his left knee.

The Portuguese star failed to impress at his team's 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Germany and will need to put in a far better performance tonight against the USA, his country's fate depends on it.

The 2014 Ballon d'Or winner, who also serves as the captain of his national team, will have to secure all three points from the match to ensure his team's ongoing participation in the World Cup.

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Alternatively, visit EWN's Soccer World Cup 2014 Portal.

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