Cristiano Ronaldo will not feature for Al Nassr in their AFC Champions League clash against Al Duhail, boss Luis Castro has confirmed.
The 38-year-old has been in scintillating form for the Saudi giants, managing 21 goals in 22 appearances across all competitions.
Ronaldo has netted three times in Continental action, with his side needing just a point to progress to the knockout stages.
It has since been confirmed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will play no part in his side’s clash against their Qatari opponents and will be given a rest.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will not participate in the Al Duhail match because he is tired due to his many participations,” Castro said.
“I know that there are those who want to see him, but he needs to rest. He is not ready, but we have many stars.
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“I did not decide to exclude the legend Cristiano Ronaldo, but his capabilities decided that. Because 48 hours ago he played a match, and before that he played 120 minutes.”
Al Nassr won 1-0 against Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq on October 31, with the match going to extra-time.
Former Liverpool star Sadio Mane netted the all-important goal in the 107th minutes to earn his side the win.
Al Nassr are four points behind league leaders Al Hilal, but managed their third win in a row and the fourth in five games to reach 28 points.
Ronaldo opened the scoring for his side last time out, as they managed a 2-0 victory over Al Khaleej in the Saudi Pro League.
His goal now takes his tally to a staggering 44 goals in 48 matches so far in 2023.