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Tuesday , November 13 , 2012
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Cristiano injures eye, will miss Gabon game

Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Portugal’s friendly in Gabon on Wednesday after sustaining a gash over his left eye in a Real Madrid game.

Ronaldo missed the second half of his club’s match against Levante after defender David Navarro’s elbow cut the Portugal captain.

Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said his star forward temporarily lost his sight.

The Portuguese Football Federation said in a statement Ronaldo would miss the trip to Libreville, though it gave no details.

Defender Joao Pereira and midfielder Miguel Veloso are also out for medical reasons, the federation said without elaborating.Coach Paulo Bento called up Hugo Viana and Ruben Ferreira.

Meanwhile, Levante defender David Navarro said he did not intend to hurt Ronaldo.

Ronaldo initially played on after being patched up on the side of the pitch and scored Real’s 21st-minute opener in a 2-1 victory. But he had to be replaced at halftime after suffering problems with his vision.

“It was an accident, at no time did I try to cause harm to Cristiano Ronaldo,” Navarro, who has a history of violent conduct, said .

“These are things that happen during a game and I regret having wounded him, but I repeat that it was something completely involuntary,” the 32-year-old added.

Navarro had contacted Ronaldo on Monday to ask after his wellbeing and wish him a speedy recovery, Levante said.

Spanish media published videos on their websites on Monday showing previous incidents involving Navarro, including a mass brawl he was involved in after a Champions League game between his former club Valencia and Inter Milan in March 2007.

Navarro had punched Inter midfielder Nicolas Burdisso in the face, breaking his nose.