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Real, Portugal lock horns over Ronaldo

A ROW has broken out between Real Madrid and the Portuguese Football Federation over whether injured striker Cristiano Ronaldo should be called up for the World Cup playoff against Bosnia.

The first leg is in Lisbon on November 14 and the second in Zenica four days later and federation chief Gilberto Madail said on Thursday that Ronaldo wanted to play and would be joining up with the squad. Real has said he needs two more weeks of treatment on his ankle and director general Jorge Valdano said yesterday the club's world record signing would not be going. "The doctors and common sense prevent Cristiano Ronaldo being called up by Portugal," he told a Spanish radio.


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