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Injured Ronaldo expects to return in one or two weeks

Wednesday, 2019-03-27 07:15:58
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Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group B - Portugal v Serbia - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - March 25, 2019 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts. (Reuters)
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Cristiano Ronaldo does not think the injury which forced him out of Portugal's match against Serbia on Monday is overly serious and he told reporters he expects to return to action in one or two weeks. Ronaldo went off in the first half of the Euro 2020 qualifier with an apparent hamstring injury.

* Roger Federer will play on clay before this year's French Open after being confirmed on the entry list for the Madrid Masters on Tuesday (Mar 26). Federer has skipped the clay-court season for the last two years to focus on being ready for the grass courts of Wimbledon, but announced after the Australian Open that he would return to the red dirt in 2019.

* The umbrella organisation representing more than 200 European clubs reiterated on Tuesday (Mar 26) that its members would not take part in FIFA's planned 2021 Club World Cup under current circumstances. However, the European Club Association (ECA) said it would contemplate changing its position if FIFA sat down and discussed changes to the international match calendar.

* Weightlifting will be given the green light for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) once an anti-doping agreement is in place, ending 18 months of uncertainty for the sport's future in the Games.

* Japan's Shoya Nakajima came off the bench to score the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Bolivia in an international friendly in Kobe on Tuesday.

* Brazil's Gabriel Jesus struck two late goals to secure a 3-1 come-from-behind win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday in their final warm-up ahead of the Copa America tournament in June.

* Argentina's Angel Correa scored seven minutes from time to snatch a 1-0 win away to Morocco in a friendly on Tuesday and a much needed boost after their weekend defeat by Venezuela.

* Mick Schumacher, son of seven-times world champion Michael, will test with Ferrari and Alfa Romeo in Bahrain next week, the Formula One teams announced on Tuesday. The German, who makes his Formula Two debut in Bahrain this weekend with the Prema team, will test Ferrari's F90 car at the Sakhir circuit on April 2 after the grand prix there.

* Manchester City will play pre-season matches in the Chinese cities of Nanjing and Shanghai in July as part of the Premier League Asia Trophy, the English champions said on Tuesday.

Reuters, CNA