Juventus fans will be sweating on the fitness of their star player.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 34, pulled up early during Portugal’s 1-1 drew in Lisbon against Serbia in their UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier on Monday.
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It looked as though Ronaldo had tweaked his hamstring, which is an extremely tough injury to recover from quickly.
Speaking after the game briefly to Portuguese media, here’s what Ronaldo had to say.
“I’m not worried, I know my body. I should be back in one or two weeks,” Ronaldo said.
Even though they sit pretty atop the Serie A table with a 15-point lead with 10 games to go, Juventus play against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Apr. 10.
That doesn’t give Ronaldo that much time to recover for the first leg in Amsterdam.
Despite Juve being the favorites to advance past the Dutch giants, not having Ronaldo (their top goalscorer) available for the first leg would certainly be a problem for Max Allegri’s men. And even then, the second leg in Turin takes place just six days later so this is far from ideal.
His heroic hat trick in the last 16 second leg win against Atletico Madrid got them to the last eight, and the main reason Juventus signed Ronaldo was so they could finally win the UCL trophy again after a 23-year wait.
That all hinges on Ronaldo’s fitness, and the likes of Dybala and Mandzukic stepping up in his absence.