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.
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:
A largely ineffective Hugo Almeida hobbles off with an injury. Replaced by Eder #POR— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 16, 2014
Following the match, Portugal updated Almeida status going forward (via Tom Kundert of Portugoal.net):
"Fábio Coentrão and Hugo Almeida will be out of action for a minimum of 10 days" - Portugal doctor Henrique Jones.— Tom Kundert (@Portu_Goal) June 16, 2014
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 off a blessing in disguise for Portugal. Shocked that he's still first choice for Portugal.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) June 16, 2014
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.