Cristiano Ronaldo is unconcerned by the injury he sustained in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Serbia and believes he will be able to return within one or two weeks.
Juventus fans will understandably have had their hearts in their mouths last night watching Portugal host Serbia.
Top scorer and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo went down with no around him clutching the back of his leg.
The 34-year-old then signaled to the bench that he needed to come off with an apparent hamstring injury.
But the 34-year-old insisted the issue is not serious and he hopes to be fit in time for the first leg of Juventus’ UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Ajax on April 11 (AEDT).
Juve is scheduled to travel to Cagliari between homes Serie A clashes against Empoli and AC Milan before heading to Amsterdam.
“I’m not worried about this, I know my body,” Ronaldo said.
“I know I should be back in a week or two.”
Portugal fell behind early on to a Dusan Tadic penalty, but Danilo Pereira’s thunderous effort drew the hosts’ level just before half-time.
The reigning European champions looked to have been handed a lifeline in the second half when Antonio Rukavina handled in the area, only for referee Szymon Marciniak to controversially change his initial decision to award a spot-kick after consulting with his assistant.
Ronaldo slammed the referee for going back on his call, saying: “It was annoying because the team did everything. We created opportunities, played better – Serbia did not have great opportunities.”
“In my opinion, the referee should have given a penalty. The assistant is 40 meters away and makes the decision for the referee? It seems strange to me.”
Coach Fernando Santos, meanwhile, revealed Marciniak had apologised for his mistake.
“He invited me into his room to take a look at the incident. We saw it and we had no doubts, neither he nor I, and then he apologized,” Santos said.
“But the excuse does not help me. No one who is 40 metres away can say it isn’t [a penalty], especially when the referee sees it. What will I do with the excuse?
“The assistant was there and I said that it was his fault.”
Portugal is not in qualifying action again until September and sits third in Group B with two points from their opening two fixtures, which were both played at home.