Cristiano Ronaldo returns from injury in Al Nassr loss

Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury to start Al Nassr's friendly loss to Al Hilal on Thursday.

The Portugal forward has shaken off a muscle problem that led to Al Nassr postponing their pre-season tour of China last month.

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The former Real Madrid star also missed his team's 6-0 win against Inter Miami on Feb. 1, a game that would have seen him face Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes in the Thursday's final of the exhibition Riyadh Season Cup but couldn't prevent Al Halal winning 2-0 with goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Salem Al-Dawsari.

Ronaldo, who turned 39 on Monday, resumed training with his team this week and will captain Al Nassr in the friendly at the Kingdom Arena.

He last played for Al Nassr in a 4-1 league win at Al Taawon on Dec. 30.

AL Nassr are second in the Saudi Pro League, seven points adrift of leaders Al Hilal after 19 games.