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Ronaldo downplays injury: “I’ll be fine in a week or two”

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Cristiano Ronaldo is “not worried” with the muscle problem he picked up in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Serbia.

The Juventus forward’s second game back for Portugal on Monday night lasted just 31 minutes after seemingly injuring his right hamstring while chasing a long ball.

At the time, Portugal were already 1-0 down through Dusan Tadic’s early penalty. But Danilo Pereira’s stunning 25-yard strike drew them level before the break.

However, the major talking point was Ronaldo’s injury as the 34-year-old now faces a race against time to be ready for Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final clash with Ajax on April 10.

“I’m not worried about this injury and I’m not afraid,” said Ronaldo, according to talkSPORT.

“I know my body well. I think I’ll be fine in a week or two.”

Meanwhile, Portugal begun the defence of their European crown with two home draws in Lisbon in their two Group B qualification campaign.

Although Fernando Santos’ side were unfortunate to not be awarded a penalty when Andre Silva’s header hit the arm of Serbia’s Antonio Rukavina.

Despite initially awarding the hosts a spot-kick, the referee retracted his decision upon discussing it with his assistants.

And Ronaldo was far from impressed by the official’s actions.

“It was annoying because the team did everything. We created opportunities, played better – Serbia did not have great opportunities,” he said.

“In my opinion, the referee should have given a penalty. The assistant is 40 metres away and makes the decision for the referee? It seems strange to me.”

Speaking on the incident, Portugal boss Santos revealed that the referee had apologised in person for his error.

“He invited me into his room to take a look at the incident. We saw it and we had no doubts, neither he nor I, and then he apologised,” said Santos.

“But the excuse does not help me. No one who is 40 metres away can say it isn’t [a penalty], especially when the referee sees it. What will I do with the excuse?

“The assistant was there and I said that it was his fault.”

Portugal sit third in Group B with two points from two games, with Ukraine and Luxembourg ahead of them in the table.

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SOCHI, RUSSIA – June 15: Cristiano Ronaldo #7 of Portugal looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)