Reuters, Tuesday, January 20, 2009 1 PM
Brazilian soccer's biggest signing will be sidelined as the new season kicks off this week, writes Brain Homewood
, 32, who joined Corinthians last month, is still struggling to regain fitness following a long term knee injury he suffered last February.
"It's best not to
make a prediction," said the former Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan player at the weekend. "I don't want to go onto the pitch overweight with different strength in each leg. I have to be
100 percent ready. The improvement has been very good in the last 15 days and in a short time I will be on the pitch, where I belong."
Ronaldo last played domestic football in Brazil
in 1994 as a 17-year-old before joining Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. Corinthians kick off Thursday with a home fixture against Barueri in the Sao Paulo state championship, one of numerous regional
competitions which serve as a warm-up for the national championship.
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