Soccer-Ronaldo back for Portugal after ankle operation

LISBON, Oct 3 - Portugal recalled Cristiano
Ronaldo to their squad on Friday for this month's World Cup
qualifiers against Sweden and Albania.

"It is great to be back," the Manchester United winger told
the Portuguese Soccer Federation's website (

"It is always a great pride representing our country and I
work hard and well to contribute to the success of the team,"
said Ronaldo, just back from ankle surgery.

Portugal visit Group One rivals Sweden on Oct. 11 before
hosting Albania four days later.

Coach Carlos Queiroz will be without defender Ricardo
Carvalho and midfielder Simao Sabrosa through injury.

Queiroz included Chelsea playmaker Deco in the squad
although he has not fully recovered from a thigh injury.


Goalkeepers: Quim (Benfica), Eduardo Carvalho (Braga),
Daniel Fernandes (VfL Bochum)
Defenders: Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea), Paulo Ferreira
(Chelsea), Fernando Meira (Galatasaray), Bruno Alves (Porto),
Pepe (Real Madrid), Vitorino Antunes (Lecce), Miguel (Valencia),
Tonel (Sporting)
Midfielders: Raul Meireles (Porto), Joao Moutinho
(Sporting), Carlos Martins (Benfica), Danny (Zenit St
Petersburg), Maniche (Atletico Madrid), Deco (Chelsea), Yannick
Djalo (Sporting)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Nuno Gomes
(Benfica), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Nani (Manchester
United), Ricardo Quaresma (Inter Milan).

(Reporting by Carlos Pontes, editing by Tony Jimenez)