Ronaldo only '50-50' to play for Portugal vs South Korea as Santos confirms CR7 World Cup fitness doubt

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  • Ronaldo missed training on Wednesday
  • Santos unsure if he will play against Korea
  • Portugal already through to last 16

WHAT HAPPENED? Portugal coach Fernando Santos confirmed that the attacker's availability for the Group H match is in doubt after he missed training on Wednesday. The specific nature of his injury has not been confirmed, but he's reportedly dealt with knee pain.

WHAT THEY SAID: "I think it is 50-50 if he plays or not, we'll see," Santos said at a press conference. "It will depend on if and how he practices today, if we see he is in good condition. There is a plan for if he is not available."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Portugal are already through to the knockout rounds of the World Cup after winning their first two matches against Ghana and Uruguay.


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WHAT NEXT FOR PORTUGAL? Santos' team will hope to make it three straight wins in the World Cup when they take on South Korea to ensure they finish as Group H winners.