Cristiano Ronaldo’s rough start at Al-Nassr has been compounded after picking up an injury in the 3-1 loss to Al-Ittihad last week. Here, find out if the Portugal international has recovered and whether or not he will feature against Al Fateh on Friday.
During last Thursday’s disappointing loss, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to injure his ankle for the second time while playing for Al-Nassr. The 37-year-old previously made his Saudi Pro League debut in a 1-0 win against Al-Ettifaq, weeks after completing his lucrative move to the Middle East.
Then, in the semi-finals of the Saudi Cup, his team faced Al-Ittihad and eventually lost 3–1. Even on a more personal level, Ronaldo had a frustrating evening as he missed many good opportunities to get his name on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, he seems to be struggling to adapt to the style of play in the Middle East as he is yet to record a goal or assist for his new team in competitive matches.
When the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was later seen staggering off the pitch, it was clear things had taken a turn for the worse. After being brought to the ground by second-half substitute Hamdan Al-Shamrani, the former Real Madrid star writhed in pain, leaving the Saudi Arabian club concerned about the extent of their new star’s injury.