Ronaldo, former Al Ahli player Quaresma of note in Portugal World Cup provisional squad

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal into World Cup 2014, no surprise, but less expected was former Al Ahli man Ricardo Quaresma's inclusion in Portugal's provisional squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo has 110 caps in his Portugal career. Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo has 110 caps in his Portugal career. Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal’s World Cup campaign after being named in their provisional 30-man squad for the finals on Tuesday, despite currently being out with a hamstring injury.

The Portugal captain picked up the injury playing for Real Madrid against Real Valladolid last week, and missed their defeat to Celta Vigo on Sunday.

But the 29-year-old is expected to recover in plenty of time for Portugal’s opening World Cup match in Group G against Germany on June 16.

Portugal coach Paulo Bento also included Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma in his provisional squad. The 30-year-old former Barcelona player rejoined Porto in January after six months out of the game following his departure from Arabian Gulf League club Al Ahli last year.

Portugal also face the US and Ghana in their World Cup group.

Provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (Braga), Rui Patricio (Sporting)

Defenders: Andre Almeida (Benfica), Antunes (Malaga), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Neto (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Rolando (Inter Milan)

Midfeidlers: Andre Gomes (Benfica), Joao Mario (Vitoria Setubal), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (Braga), Helder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Porto), Varela (Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg)

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Published: May 14, 2014 04:00 AM

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