Ron's agony
Monday, 25 August 2008

CRISTIANO RONALDO has dealt Manchester United a savage blow with the news he could be out until mid-November

United hoped their superstar winger would return by the start of October after an op on his right ankle on July 7, reports The Sun.

But Ronaldo, 23, will not be back for another 12 WEEKS.

United boss Alex Ferguson said: "We are not putting anyone under pressure.

"You may as well wait the extra week or two to make sure that they don't end up back in the physio room. That is important."

Ronaldo played with pain-killing injections for the last three months of the season and through Portugal's Euro 2008 campaign to delay any surgery.

But that made the initial problem worse and it now looks to have extended his rehabilitation period.

The winger began doing light work this week at United's Carrington training camp.

Ferguson said: "Cristiano has been jogging all week. It is only jogging but I am quite pleased about that. The plan was to give him one month of rehab work.

"He is doing the aerobic work in the gym. He is one week into that. There is good progress.

"Being young it sometimes helps in terms of recovery and getting back quicker.

"The physios must do their job properly. There is no point rushing it."

Ronaldo could miss 10 Premier League games plus four in the Champions League.

It is a bombshell for Fergie after persuading Ronaldo to stay and snub Real Madrid.

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