Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr Tour in Jeopardy: Unexpected Setback for Al Nassr Ahead of Shanghai Shenhua Clash
Al Nassr, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, faced an unexpected setback as they prepared for their upcoming friendly against Shanghai Shenhua. Plans for the team’s first training session on Tuesday were abruptly scrapped due to unforeseen circumstances. According to sources from Al-Riyadiya, the cancellation was attributed to crowd density outside the hotel gates and the team bus, highlighting the challenges of managing a high-profile squad during a mid-season tour.
The setback comes at a crucial time for Al Nassr, who had opted for a friendly tour of China to stay fit during the mid-season break. The team is scheduled to face Shanghai Shenhua on January 24th and Zhejiang on January 28th, with a highly anticipated clash against Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami awaiting them on February 1st. With the cancellation of the planned training session, Al Nassr will now take to the field against Shanghai Shenhua without a recent practice, raising questions about their readiness and ability to pick up where they left off before the break.
Adding to the concerns is the uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s availability. Reports suggest the Portuguese superstar has been struggling with an undisclosed injury, leading to his absence from recent training sessions. While tour organizers initially expressed confidence in Ronaldo’s participation, Al Nassr later released a statement announcing the postponement of both matches scheduled in China. The statement cited reasons beyond their control and hinted at the team’s commitment to reschedule matches and complete their training camp as planned, leaving fans eager to see if Ronaldo will recover in time for the upcoming challenges.