About Us   Jobs   Contact Us      


Ronaldo to Have All the Time Necessary to Return to Play
    2008-12-26 08:54:25     Xinhua

The head coach of the Corinthians soccer team, Mano Menezes, recognized on Thursday that he will have the difficult task of keeping Ronaldo's spirits high as he attempts to return to the field.

The club, along with its fans, is anxious to see the player debut in his new uniform for the first time. While the team's department of marketing is trying to capitalize on the player's image as much as possible, the coach is worried about Ronaldo's concentration and self-esteem, hoping to avoid any obstacles to his eventual return to the sport.

If it were up to the department of marketing, Ronaldo would return to the field on January 17, the day that the team is scheduled to host Boca Juniors in a friendly match.

The game would serve as a way to present the fans to the 2009 squad, as well as show off the team's superstar, Ronaldo. However, Menezes and the team doctors are weary of the premature return. The coach prefers to have Ronaldo fully healed and ready to play at a high level.

Menezes normally puts his players returning from an injury into a game to see their reaction and evaluate if they are ready or not. By doing so, he is able to see if the player is 100 percent and ready to compete for a starting job, or if he needs more time to recuperate.

However, since Ronaldo is considered to be a superstar, the team's fans may have to be patient and wait for the athlete to take his time and fully recover.

"Ronaldo will return to play when he is good and ready. The people who will make the decision as to when he is ready will be the medical staff and the athlete. Ronaldo will have all the time he needs to get back in shape and fully recover from his knee injury," said the team's director of soccer, Mario Gobbi.

On Friday, Ronaldo, as well as the rest of the Corinthians players, is expected to appear at the team's training facilities to begin pre-season training for the 2009 year. The goal of the coaching staff is to reduce Ronaldo's body fat and strengthen is left knee.

In personal news, Ronaldo welcomed the newest edition to his family on Christmas Eve. His fiance gave birth to a baby girl in the city of Rio de Janeiro. They named the girl Maria Sofia.



CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

Also on our site
China | World
• Russian Natural Gas Supplies to Balkans Halted
• Three Israeli Soldiers Killed in Friendly Fire in Gaza
• Polanski's Lawyers Seek to Have Sex Case Dismissed
• Foreign Journalists still Not Allowed into Gaza
• US VP-elect Joe Biden to Visit Pakistan
• China Curbs Overseas Trips on Public Expense
Business | Sports | SciTech
• China Issues Long-awaited 3G Licenses
• Wahaha, Danone Start Trademark Arbitration
• GM Reports 31 Percent Sales Decline in U.S. Market
• Call for More Overseas Talents
• Bulgarian Figure Skating Champion Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison
• China's Mission to Mars Set for Take-off
Life | Showbiz
• A Seemingly Endless Scandal
• Asian Art Top Show Kicks off in Beijing
• Behind-the-Scene Photos of "Look for a Star"
• Universal Pictures Movies Set New B.O. Record in 2008
• Tan Dun's Deep Pool of talent
• Top 10 Shows in 2008 
• China Drive, Afternoon, 2009-01-07
• China Drive, Afternoon, 2009-01-06
• China Drive, Morning, 2009-01-06
• Official Property Declaration System
• India handed over evidence of Mumbai attacks to Pakistan
• EU delegation holds talks to push for a cease-fire in Gaza
• Mubarak Meets with EU Troika on Gaza Situation
• Bush says any Gaza ceasefire must stop Hamas rocket fire
View the Messages