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Cristiano Ronaldo thigh injury still lingering, misses training

More than a month after he suffered it, Cristiano Ronaldo's thigh injury isn't getting better.

Laurence Griffiths

Cristiano Ronaldo finally joined up with Portugal on Thursday, but he did not train with the team as his thigh continues to give him trouble. A bad thigh kept Ronaldo from playing 90 minutes in eight of Real Madrid's last 10 matches and he struggled for much of the UEFA Champions League final, lending some credence to the belief that he is not at 100 percent.

Ronaldo was given a few days off after Real Madrid's Champions League win on Saturday and wasn't due to report to Portugal camp until Thursday, when he arrived with Real Madrid teammates Pepe and Fabio Coentrao.

Portugal released a statement Ronaldo's injury. It read: "Soreness in the posterior region of the left thigh, specific recovery work in the hotel."

The United States plays Portugal in their second World Cup match on June 22. With 23 days until the match, Ronaldo figures to be ready to play by then, but this thigh injury has been lingering for more than a month now and he didn't appear to be at his best down the stretch for Real Madrid so it is possible that he will not be at full fitness and form come the World Cup.

Pepe missed the Champions League final with a calf injury, but he has made a full recovery. Raul Meireles, Joao Coutinho, Hugo Almeida and Ruben Amorim are all dealing with minor injuries and will make the trip to the U.S. with the rest of the Portugal team for their pre-World Cup friendlies.