LISBON, Portugal — Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Friday's friendly against Mexico as he tries to recover from leg injuries in time for the team's World Cup opener against Germany on June 16.
The U.S. and Ghana are also in Group G, and Ronaldo's absence would be a boon for all three of Portugal's opponents.
The Portuguese football federation says on its website that the Real Madrid star and injured Portugal teammates Pepe and Raul Meireles are all "unfit" and would miss the warm-up against Mexico at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Ronaldo is recovering from tendinitis and a muscle injury, both in his left leg.
Portugal will play Ireland in a friendly next Tuesday at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium before heading to the tournament in Brazil.