Mexico City: Brazilian star Ronaldinho may have to wait before making his debut for Mexican club Queretaro after receiving his work permit at the last minute.
The former two-time world footballer of the year had hoped to make his first appearance in the Mexican league against Puebla on Friday evening but Queretaro coach Ignacio Ambriz admitted he will have to make a late call on his fitness.
"I need to talk to him to know whether he is ready to play or not," Ambriz told a news conference ahead of the game.
Queretaro, known as the White Roosters and from central Mexico, had hoped to unveil the 34-year-old playmaker at their stadium on Thursday evening.
But the former Barcelona star posted a picture of his visa on Twitter on Thursday and a club spokesman said the player may only arrive in Mexico on Friday.
Ronaldinho, a World Cup winner in 2002, surprised many by signing a two-year deal with the Mexican side last week after amicably ending his tenure at Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro in July.