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Ronaldo struck by bizarre injury

Ronaldo has not played for Brazil since the 2006 World Cup

Brazilian striker Ronaldo came through his first competitive game for 13 months in one piece, but was injured by a microphone as he left the pitch.

The 32-year-old made his debut for Corinthians as a 68th-minute substitute in the 2-0 win over Itumbiara.

But Ronaldo was left with a badly bruised and swollen right eye after being struck by a microphone when a post-match media scrum surrounded him.

Ronaldo was making his return from a third career-threatening knee injury.

The striker remains far from his best physical condition and he acknowledged that it will take time before he can perform as well as before the injury.

"This is just the beginning," Ronaldo said.

"It doesn't stop here, I'll try to play in more matches from now on.


"Maybe it won't be possible to play in all of them, but I'll try to be in most of them."

The three-time Fifa world player of the year ruptured a tendon in his left knee playing for AC Milan against Livorno in February 2008.

He later left the Italian club before joining Brazilian club Corinthians in December in a surprise move.

Ronaldo has battled weight problems and trained for three months to reach match fitness but, wearing his favourite number nine shirt, he only had a few touches of the ball in an unspectacular debut.

"He had a good debut, moved well and tried a few dribbles," Corinthians coach Mano Menezes told reporters.

Ronaldo, who has 97 caps and 62 goals for Brazil, was involved in another off-field controversy last week when he was fined by the club for arriving late at the team hotel after a day off.

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