Ronaldo BANNED from making hotly-anticipated Al-Nassr debut after two-game FA suspension for smashing Everton fan's phone

  • Ronaldo unveiled as Al-Nassr player this week
  • Attacker cannot make debut on Thursday
  • Must serve two-game suspension

WHAT'S HAPPENING? The Daily Mail claims the Portugal icon will have to serve the two-game suspension he was handed as a Manchester United player after smashing an Everton fan's phone in April last year when he walked off the field after a match at Goodison Park.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: It was always uncertain that Ronaldo would be able to make his first appearance for his new club after his transfer to Saudi Arabia was confirmed this week. The 37-year-old was hit with the suspension by the Football Association in November before the World Cup and the ban still stands despite his departure from England in late-December.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadiah reported that, in addition to the suspension, there are other factors preventing Ronaldo from making his debut on Thursday: a foreign player will have to leave Al-Nassr and the club will have to get a Certificate of Competence from the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) by granting dues to employees in the football sector. Furthermore, coach Rudi Garcia said that Ronaldo would be given time to get back to full fitness before he would make his first appearance.

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WHAT NEXT FOR RONALDO? The news means the Portugal star will not be able to feature against Al-Shabab on January 14 and may have to wait until the game against Ettifaq the following week.