Ronaldo Not Yet Ready To Return For Corinthians

Brazilian superstar Ronaldo says he isn't physically fit enough yet to make his debut with new club Corinthians.
After signing for Brazilian club Corinthians in December, it was expected Ronaldo would be ready to get back on the pitch within a couple of months, around a year after his career-threatening knee injury with Milan.

However, the two-time Ballon d'Or winner admitted he is not quite fit enough to play competitive football again.

"I don't know when I will be back on the pitch," he told Globo Esporte. "My left leg is not yet strong enough for me to be able to play. A test showed that between the muscle in my right leg and the one in my left leg there is a 30% difference, which is considerable, so it's a risk for me to play. I have to wait until both my legs have the same strength."

The 32-year-old did not want to set a date for his return. "I ask both my fans and Corinthians to be patient," he continued. "It's not yet the right time for me to play."

The Brazilian star tore a ligament in his left knee on 13 January 2008 during the match Milan-Livorno. Two months ago he signed a one-year contract with the club from Sao Paulo.

Danilo Pochini