Goal-machine Filippo Inzaghi has told fellow AC Milan striker
Ronaldo not to make a premature comeback from injury as the Rossoneri gear up to
win their first Club World Cup.
"I know what he is going through. I hope he can recover soon. Having one like
him, for us, is an extra weapon," Inzaghi said of the 31-year-old Brazilian,
whose career has been plagued by injury.
"However, he must only return if he is 100 percent, and it's fair that he thinks
it so," the 34-year-old Italian said on Milan's website.
Ronaldo has missed every training session with the squad since the European
Champions League and Super Cup winners arrived Thursday, a week before their
first match in the annual tournament of continental champions.
He has played in just one match this season, when he started against Cagliari
two weeks ago on his return from a thigh injury. But he picked up a knock to his
left calf in training.
"I'm happy to do well as I've been training for a long time without any pain.
For my type of game, being physically fit is fundamental," said Inzaghi, who
scored a record 63rd goal in European competition when Milan beat Celtic 1-0 in
the Champions League last week.
"My objectives are the same as Milan. I hope to win this cup because for this
group it would really be the best thing," Inzaghi said of the Club World Cup.
Milan and Argentina's Boca Juniors, who beat the Italian side in the 2003
Intercontinental Cup final, are semi-final seeds in the tournament with the
final here on Sunday.
Both sides won the South American-European Intercontinental Cup three times but
never the three-year-old Club World Cup.