Ronaldo injury row escalates

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Real Madrid have sent medical documents to the Portuguese federation to prove to them that Cristiano Ronaldo is injured.

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has called up the Madrid star for the two-legged World Cup qualifying play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina but the club are adamant the player will not leave the Spanish capital as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

A statement issued by Madrid to Spanish sports newspaper Marca last night read: "On Monday we sent the Portuguese federation all the medical evidence, from both our physician and (Dutch specialist) Niek van Dijk, which indicated that Ronaldo is injured."

Ronaldo met with Professor van Dijk last Thursday, with Madrid insisting the player is still at least a fortnight away from a return to action after suffering the injury playing for Madrid against Marseille on September 30.

Real insist the player will not be joining up with the Portugal squad at their training camp in Obidos and have cited FIFA Article 29 on the Status and Transfer of Players which gives a player the right to be assessed by Portuguese federation medics in the country where his club is based.