Portugal’s Ronaldo unfit for friendly vs. Mexico

FILE - In this June 7, 2013, file photo,  Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo gets the ball past Russia's Alexei Kozlov, on the ground, during their 2014 World Cup qualifying group F soccer match, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File) - SEE FURTHER WORLD CUP CONTENT AT APIMAGES.COM
FILE - In this June 7, 2013, file photo, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo gets the ball past Russia's Alexei Kozlov, on the ground, during their 2014 World Cup qualifying group F soccer match, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File) - SEE FURTHER WORLD CUP CONTENT AT APIMAGES.COM

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Friday’s friendly against Mexico as he tries to recover from leg injuries in time for the team’s World Cup opener against Germany on June 16.

The Portuguese football federation says on its website that the Real Madrid star and injured Portugal teammates Pepe and Raul Meireles are all “unfit” and would miss the warm-up against Mexico at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Ronaldo is recovering from tendinitis and a muscle injury, both in his left leg.

Portugal will play Ireland in a friendly next Tuesday at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium before heading to the tournament in Brazil.

At the World Cup, Portugal also plays the United States and Ghana in Group G.

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