Injury strike for Portugal as midfielder Danilo Pereira is ‘ruled out’ for final Group H matches after suffering three broken ribs in training to become the latest World Cup injury victim
Danilo Pereira is likely to miss Portugal’s remaining group stage matches after suffering a three-coastal arch fracture to his ribs in training.
The PSG star played at centre-back in Portugal’s dramatic 3-2 victory over the Africans, but reports suggest he will play no further role in Fernando Santos’ group stage plans.
It means the 31-year-old will miss Monday’s meeting with Uruguay and then Portugal’s final match against South Korea next Friday.
Portuguese defender Danilo Pereira missed the last group matches after a rib injury
Pereira was booked in the win over Ghana after a back-and-forth battle with Inaki Williams, but the booking could become academic if the defender misses the rest of the group stage.
Portugal defeated Ghana in a game that only came to life in the second half. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before Andre Ayew equalized.
Goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao appear to have decided the game for the European side, but Osman Bukari’s late goal sent the game to a nerve-wracking end.
Danilo played in Portugal’s win over Ghana and was booked for a foul on striker Inaki Williams
Especially when Inaki Williams almost sped in behind goalkeeper Diogo Costa as he was about to take a goal kick. Unfortunately for Ghana, Williams lost his footing and was unable to take advantage of the situation to level his side.
If Pereira is unavailable for Santos, the Portuguese coach could look to 129-cap Pepe as a replacement or Benfica’s Antonio Silva.
A victory for the Portugal side against Uruguay should secure a passage to the last 16 for the Euro 2016 winners, but they face a South American side looking for their first win of the tournament after a no-holds-barred draw goal against South Korea.
In the absence of Pereira, Portugal could turn to veteran Pepe, who has played 129 caps for his country