Injury-plagued AC Milan striker Ronaldo said on Tuesday that he was still hoping to play some part in the FIFA Club World Cup, amid mounting sympathy from teammates over his injury woes.
The 31-year Brazilian took part in a training session for the first time since the UEFAChampions League winners arrived here last Thursday as they gear up for their first match against Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds.
"I feel fine," Ronaldo told reporters before working out alone with 30 minutes of light jogging.
The star forward is unlikely to take part in Thursday's match, but asked if he would be fit should AC Milan reach the final on Sunday, Ronaldo replied: "I will see. I will be trying in the next few days."
Ronaldo has featured in just one match this season, starting against Cagliari two weeks ago in his return from a thigh problem, before injuring his calf in training.
Fellow Brazilian and playmaker Kaka said that his Milan team-mates had been reassuring Ronaldo over the past few days.
Kaka said Ronaldo had gone through "more difficult times," pointing to his two-year absence with a knee injury before coming back to help Brazil win the 2002 FIFA World Cup ™.
Ronaldo scored twice in Brazil's 2-0 win over Germany in the 2002 final at the Yokohama International Stadium, which is also the venue of AC Milan's semi-final clash against the AFC Champions League winners.
Goal-machine Filippo Inzaghi said he has advised Ronaldo not to make a premature comeback from injury.
"I know what he is going through. I hope he can recover soon," Inzaghi said. "However, he must only return if he is 100 per cent, and it's fair that he thinks it so."
Midfielder Massimo Ambrosini said "the doctors and us team-mates stimulate him" and that "even if it won't be easy, he will come out of it."