Cristiano Ronaldo has declared himself ‘very fit’ after Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri claimed that the forward was nursing a knee injury.
The 34-year-old has been substituted in Juventus’ previous two matches, due to an alleged issue with his knee. Sarri’s decision to take the Portuguese off was not take lightly, with the forward reportedly leaving the stadium early during his sides victory over Milan.
Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick against Lithuania on Thursday night, insisted that he is not nursing any injuries.
He said: “To open this news bulletin, we can give this news: the captain is well, very well,” per Football Italia.
“Not only am I fine, but I can say that I am very fit too. The balance sheet is definitely positive. Now you can interview others.”
Although Ronaldo was not pleased with Sarri’s decision to use him
The boss said, speaking to Sky Italia: “Cristiano in the last 20-25 days has suffered from a little problem that’s affecting a lot and prevents him from training as he would like.
“The boy in the last month picked up this knee problem from a shot in training, since then he has a collateral resentment.
“When he trains at high intensity or when he plays, he encounters imbalances and pains in his calves and adductors, which is why he cannot train too much and has difficulty when he kicks.”
As Ronaldo allegedly left the stadium after being hauled off against Milan, Sarri insisted that there is no bad blood between the two, and instead he has more respect for the 34-year-old.
“When you substitute a soccer player who is trying to give everything there are five minutes of anger.
“I think it’s normal, in the end a coach is also pleased when a player gets upset about a substitution, I would worry otherwise.”
Juventus sit in first place in Serie A, with Ronaldo scoring five goals in ten games with the Italian outfit this term.