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Monday, March 15, 1999 Published at 17:35 GMT


Sport: Football

Ronaldo misses training

Ronaldo: Missed training as the pressure on him grows

Inter Milan's Ronaldo has cast doubt over his appearance in Wednesday's European quarter-final second leg against Manchester United after missing training on Monday.

The striker, suffering from the combined effects of a migraine and stomach trouble, required a visit from club doctor doctor Piero Volpi before being given the all-clear to train in the gym during the afternoon.

Although the upset is not expected to affect Ronaldo's ability to play on Wednesday night, the circumstances of his illness are bound to alarm club officials and team-mates.

It is also a reminder of the way pressure affects the Brazilian centre-forward who has been dogged by health problems ever since last summer's World Cup, when he suffered a fit just hours before the ill-fated final against France.

Ronaldo made his first appearance since January 27 in Saturday's 2-2 draw with rivals AC Milan on Saturday. He played the whole of the first half without problems before being substituted as a precaution.

"I'm not at 100 percent and everyone knows it," Ronaldo said.

"But I'm getting better and I feel good. I don't know how many minutes I'll play on Wednesday but I'll give my all. This is the match of the year."

Inter, who trail United 2-0 after the first leg, are banking on Ronaldo's return to take them past United and into their first European Cup semifinal in 18 years.

But the former World Footballer of the Year said he could not beat the English premier league leaders on his own.

"I need the best Inter possible behind me...a squad that believes in itself from start to finish," he said.



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