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Cristiano injury not serious

Cristiano injury not seriousCristiano Ronaldo has been given the green light by Real Madrid to join up with the Portugal squad to prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers after tests showed the shoulder injury picked up during Sunday night's 2-2 draw at Barcelona was not serious.

Ronaldo fell awkwardly on his shoulder after attempting a bicycle kick midway through the second half with the score at 2-1 to Barcelona. He was loudly jeered by home fans inside the stadium, but picked himself up to fire in the equaliser just moments later for his second goal of the game.

Despite being noticeably troubled by the knock, the former Manchester United attacker completed the 90 minutes and travelled back to the Spanish capital with the Real squad on Sunday night.

After being examined on Monday morning at his Madrid home, Ronaldo was given the all-clear to join up with his national squad.

"Cristiano Ronaldo will today join the rest of the Portugal squad," a Real Madrid statement on Monday lunchtime said. "The Real Madrid forward, who suffered a sprained left shoulder during the match against Barcelona, was examined at his home this morning by Real Madrid doctors, who have said that his injury is not serious and that he does not need to undergo more tests in a hospital.

"Real Madrid have already informed the Portuguese Football Federation that Cristiano Ronaldo will join their national team squad today in Obidos. Once there, the Whites' player will be kept under observation and will have no problem in playing on Friday in Moscow for Portugal against Russia in the World Cup 2014 qualifier."

Euro 2012 semi-finalists Portugal also host Northern Ireland in Oporto next Tuesday in their bid to qualify for Brazil 2014.