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Saturday, January 26, 2002
Ronaldo 'out until mid-February'

ROME, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Inter Milan's Brazilian striker Ronaldo is unlikely to play again until mid-February after straining his thigh during a practice game, according to a report in Gazzetta Dello Sport on Saturday.
The forward sustained the strain during the game against Spanish side Real Mallorca B on Thursday in Palma, where Inter have been training this week.

Ronaldo, who has scored three goals this season, was expected to play some part for leaders Inter who face bottom club Venezia on Sunday, especially with Uruguay forward Alvaro Recoba injured.

The problem could also keep Ronaldo out of February's friendly between Brazil and Saudi Arabia, a warm up for the World Cup finals which his national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he was 'almost 100 percent' certain to feature in.

But Inter President Massimo Moratti remained positive about the fitness of his injury-prone forward, who has spent much of the last two years out injured.

'Ronie is like a Ferrari in Formula One, not a runaround car' said Moratti was quoted as saying in Gazzetta.

'As with all high performance things, to get the best from him he must be in perfect shape.

'It's a shame that this happens just when he wants to start playing but it's important not to take unnecessary risks.'
 

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Ronaldo to train in Brazil Thursday 31 January, 2002

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Injury plagued Ronaldo is set to fly to his homeland on Sunday to continue his battle against constant muscle problems.

The Brazilian arrived back in Italy on Thursday after meeting with Professor Philippe Boixel in Paris who helped Christian Vieri beat his various thigh problems last season.

Ronaldo has suffered five muscle fatigue setbacks since his comeback from knee injury last September.

He’s set to spend around 7 days in South America with his personal trainer Nilton Petrone in a bid to get the forward fit for the closing stages of the season.

He could return to action for the Milan derby or the game against Juventus in early March.

Meanwhile, there was some good news for the Nerazzurri. Both Stephane Dalmat and Alvaro Recoba trained on Thursday and should be available for first team duties in the next 14 days.
 
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