Cristiano Ronaldo’s wait for his Al Nassr debut will continue after he was left out of the team’s matchday squad to face Al Tai on Friday.
The Portugal international still has to serve a two-match ban handed down by the English FA for slapping the phone out of the hand of an Everton fan in April, but there had been suggestions that Al Nassr were prepared to play Ronaldo anyway.
Later, questions about the foreign player limit in Al Nassr’s squad were asked, with Ronaldo believed to take the team over the limit.
Nevertheless, the Saudi Pro League continued to hype up Friday’s meeting with Al Tai and even confirmed that the game would be free to watch worldwide on Twitter, with both English and Portuguese commentary. With no worldwide TV deal, this would be the only chance many fans across the globe could have to watch Al Nassr in action.
But then Ronaldo did not make the matchday squad.
The reason for Ronaldo’s absence has not been confirmed although it is almost certain to do with the two legal issues mentioned above.
Al Nassr are next in action on Saturday against Al Shabab, with Ronaldo’s suspension set to keep him out of that one as well.
It means his first official appearance could come against Ettifaq on January 22, although there may be the chance for Ronaldo to play even earlier than that as a friendly against Lionel Messi’s PSG is on the cards.