Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, center, talks to Bruno Alves, left, and Hugo Almeida before a training session. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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MANAUS, Brazil: Cristiano Ronaldo will play, and Portugal needs to win.As usual when Ronaldo plays, though, the outcome of the match can be easily swayed by a moment of brilliance from the Real Madrid winger.Ronaldo played in the loss to Germany Monday, but he has since been seen at training with a brace on his left knee.If he is not 100 percent healthy for the match at the Arena da Amazonia, an already undermanned Portugal could struggle to earn the three points needed to stay in the tournament.Even with Ronaldo on the field, Portugal will be short-handed.Defender Fabio Coentrao, Ronaldo's teammate at Real Madrid, and striker Hugo Almeida have been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with injuries.
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