Hugo Almeida Injury: Updates on Besiktas Star's Leg and Return

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 16, 2014

Portugal's Hugo Almeida (9) controls the ball between Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick, left, and Richard Keogh, right, during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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Updates from Sunday, June 22

Hugo Almeida is out for today's match against the United States (via The Sun):

Updates from Tuesday, June 17 

Gerard Meagher of The Guardian provides an update on Hugo Almeida's World Cup status: 

Fábio Coentrão and Hugo Almeida are set to miss the rest of Portugal’s Group G campaign after both picked up muscle injuries in the 4-0 defeat to Germany on Monday.

Striker Almeida limped off midway through the first half before Real Madrid’s full-back Coentrão was carried off on a stretcher in the 65rd minute after hurting his groin to compound Portugal’s miserable start to the World Cup.

Original Text:

Hugo Almeida's World Cup could be in jeopardy after the Besiktas striker was forced off the pitch early on in Portugal's Group G opener against Germany.    

Eder replaced Almeida after just 29 minutes, confirms The Telegraph, but as of yet there isn't any detail on the extent of his injury:

Following the match, Portugal updated Almeida status going forward (via Tom Kundert of Portugoal.net):

After scoring in the 7-0 rout of North Korea at the 2010 World Cup, Almeida is once again looking to have an impact on the biggest stage in football. However, it appears the Portuguese may have to rely on alternative attacking assets for their group-stage endeavours.

The injury may not be all too damaging for Paulo Bento's side, though, with NBC Sports' Arlo White and Cristian Nyari of Opta each hinting that the forward was subpar during the time he was on the pitch:

Almeida will hope to be fit for Portugal's second group fixture against the United Stated on Sunday.

If not, it will be interesting to see how they fill his spot. Either way, hopefully Almeida has avoided serious injury and can make a quick recovery.

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