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Ronaldo not in a hurry to debut

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ronaldo admits he must follow doctors' orders to fully recover from his injury and will postpone his return to action until he is 100 percent fit again.

The three-time FIFA World Player of the Year underwent surgery in February after rupturing a left-knee tendon while playing for AC Milan against Livorno.

The 32-year-old is now in the final stages of his recovery and has started training again, but doctors say there is no timetable for his return.

Ronaldo admitted last week that he needs to lose five or six kilograms (11 to 13 pounds) before being able to play again.

"I want to play as soon as possible," he said in a news conference. "But everything needs to be done correctly.

"I will wait as long as it's necessary, I'm not in a hurry, the club is not in a hurry and the coach is not in a hurry."

"I don't know when it's going to happen, I don't have an expected date to debut.

"We need patience. I'm trying to recover from a very serious injury, that usually requires a year and three months. I am concentrating on gaining muscle strength and losing weight.

"The supporters must understand I will not hurry back onto the pitch. I must respect the timetable set by the doctors."

Corinthians is trying to set up a friendly match against Argentina champions Boca Juniors in January for Ronaldo's first match, if he is fit enough to play. A four-time national champions, Corinthians is returning to the Brazilian league's top flight in 2009 after spending a year in the second division.

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