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Ronaldo stays on sidelines

Cristiano Ronaldo will remain on the sidelines when Portugal face Mexico in a pre-World Cup friendly on Friday.

Ronaldo continues to battle tendinosis in his left knee, as well as a thigh injury, and he will remain in New York for further rehab while most of his team-mates are in Boston for their penultimate warm-up match.

He is yet to take part in a full training session with his team mates since joining the Portugal camp one week ago and also missed last Saturday's friendly with Greece.

Ronaldo struggled with minor injuries during the closing weeks of Real Madrid's La Liga campaign before playing 120 minutes in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, where he scored the final goal in their 4-1 win from the penalty spot.

He is not the only player who will be absent against the Mexicans, with midfielder Raul Meireles and central defender Pepe also staying in New York to continue their training programmes.

Meireles has an injury to his left thigh and Pepe a muscular injury in his right leg.

"They will maintain the programme pre-established by the medical department for their injuries, with specific work in the hotel and some sporting interludes on the pitch," read the daily medical bulletin from the Portuguese Football Federation.

Portugal's last game before the World Cup comes on Tuesday against the Republic of Ireland and they open their tournament against Germany on June 16.