Ronaldo targets October return

Sumber Eufa Cristiano Ronaldo is not expecting to return for Manchester United FC until early October, ruling him out of the start of their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign. The Portuguese winger underwent ankle surgery in Amsterdam on Monday, and the English and European champions will assess his state at the start of August. However, the 23-year-old is quoted on United's official website as saying: "It's confirmed I'll be out of action for up to 12 weeks but recovery is going well. I must focus on my recovery. I'll be training with a ball in two months." Ronaldo, who moved from Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2003 and scored in United's UEFA Champions League final defeat of Chelsea FC in May, could miss the first two group stage games if his prognosis is correct, as well as the UEFA Super Cup against FC Zenit St. Petersburg in Monaco on 29 August and Premier League fixtures against the likes of Liverpool FC and Chelsea.

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