Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start against the United States of America (USA) tonight, despite fears over a knee injury. The Real Madrid star was back in training with Coach Paulo Beno’s side this week with his left knee taped. He is however expected to lead his side’s attack against the USMNT. Bruno Alves is a major doubt, but Fabio Coentrao’s tournament is definitely over and Pepe is suspended.
Aaron Johannsson in set to take the place of the injured Jozy Altidore in Coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s attack formation. Clint Dempsey broke his nose in the win over Ghana but has been passed fit along with defender Matt Besler. Having lost their opening game to Germany, Portugal’s World Cup hopes could be dashed after two games, if they lose to USA. A draw would leave them on the tip of a knife edge with much to do in their final game against Ghana. Meanwhile, ex-Germany international, Klinsmann, believes his side has got all it takes to keep reigning World Player of the Year, Ronaldo, and his Portuguese co-hots at bay in tonight’s Group G match. “We want to put Cristiano and his team in place,”. said Klinsmann. “We want to get out there with all the energy that we have, with all the discipline that we’re going to bring, with all the aggression we’re going to bring to our play and make it our game.” After winning Ghana in their opening group game, USA could advance into the knock-out round with their second win.