WORLD CUP : Offside

Ronaldinho tired

WEGGIS: Ronaldinho said he arrived for Brazil’s pre-World Cup preparation “feeling a bit tired.” Ronaldinho won the Spanish title and Champions League in a long, tough season with FC Barcelona. The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year believes, however, there’s enough time to find his best condition and be ready for Brazil’s tournament opener against Croatia on June 13.

Santa Cruz out

ASUNCION: Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz has tendinitis in his right knee and won’t play in his country’s World Cup opener against England next month. Paraguay coach Anibal Ruiz said that the Bayern Munich player should be fit to play in the second match against Sweden. “We want Roque to be 100 per cent well.” Ruiz said Santa Cruz, who’s had two operations on his right knee in the last 18 months, will be missed.

Reyna injury minor

NASHVILLE: The US national team midfielder Claudio Reyna recieved good news on Wednesday from his doctors when an MRI exam on the strained right hamstring he sustained during a 1-0 loss to Morocco the previous night was minor. While the US captain won’t play in the Americans’ two remaining exhibition games before the World Cup, he should be ready for the opener against the Czech Republic on June 12.

Maradona’s wish

MADRID: Diego Maradona said on Wednesday he dreams of coaching Argentina in the future, and believes both Spain and his native country will provide Brazil with tough competition at the World Cup. He made the remarks at a press meet where he announced that he would comment on World Cup matches for Spanish TV broadcaster Cuatro. “I dream of being the coach of Argentina,” Maradona said. “It’s something that I would really like and I will fight to become the national coach.”