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Cristiano Ronaldo breaks silence over being axed by Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to Instagram to back Maurizio Sarri’s claims he would be absent for Juventus this weekend through injury.

He posted a picture of himself in a Juventus training top with the caption: “Focused on my recovery to come back soon!”

Sarri, ahead of tomorrow’s Serie A game away to Atalanta (2pm), had explained: "There is no need for clarification with Cristiano Ronaldo.

"At certain times, the players must be left to recover and cool down.

"The problem is that on Tuesday he told us that he is still not well.

"When he returned he told us he had been better in the first game [for Portugal], but in the second he still had pain.

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"This is why he 99 per cent will not be ready for Atalanta.

"The goal is to have him back for the Champions League [against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday]."

The controversy over Ronaldo’s absence stems from their clash earlier this month when he was substituted against AC Milan.

Sarri has made it clear he will not be intimidated by Ronaldo’s stature and importance to the team.

After bringing the Portuguese forward off in the Milan game, Ronaldo was caught by cameras appearing to shout, “What the f***?”

Their relationship has been a hot topic since the Italian’s arrival from Chelsea over the summer.

And despite Ronaldo scoring his 99th goal for Portugal during the international break this week, he will sit out tomorrow’s match.

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