Updates from Tuesday, June 17
Jan Hagen updated Fabio Coentrao's status after leaving yesterday's match with an injury:
Confirmed: Fábio Coentrão is ruled out for the rest of the World Cup following his injury vs Germany yesterday.— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) June 17, 2014
Earlier in the day, Coentrao confessed he believes his World Cup is over after he was forced off during Portugal's 4-0 defeat to Germany.
Coentrao is quoted saying by Tom Conn of Inside Spanish Football:
Honestly, I’m afraid that my World Cup has come to an end. I think it’s a serious injury, though I hope it’s not. These things happen in our profession and, unfortunately, today it fell to me. It’s a very sad day, one of the saddest of my life. But this is just a game and despite the heavy defeat, we can still go through to the next round.
Fabio Coentrao is at risk of missing the rest of Portugal's World Cup campaign after being substituted with a muscle injury in the second half of Monday's opener against Germany.
A most disappointing 2014 World Cup opener was made all the worse when Paulo Bento's left-back had to be withdrawn in the 63rd minute, with Fox Soccer Trax indicating that his hamstring may be the issue:
63 Fabio Coentrao stretches for a ball and it looks like hamstring may have gone there— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) June 16, 2014
Following the match, Portugal updated Coentrao's status (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
At the time of Coentrao's withdrawal, Portugal were 3-0 down to Group G favourites Germany, whose chances of proceeding at the top of their pool certainly look all the better after a confident first outing.
Bento's defence will already be without the presence of Pepe, who was shown a red card earlier in the match for head-butting Thomas Mueller. Forward Hugo Almeida also had to be taken off with injury in the first half.
The Mirror's Dan Silver agrees this could mean Coentrao's tournament is over, as well as aims some criticism in the direction of captain Cristiano Ronaldo:
Coentrao suffers tournament-ending injury; Ronaldo uses opportunity to sort out his hair #priorities— Dan Silver (@dansilver_) June 16, 2014
Andre Almeida came on for the Real Madrid full-back and will likely fill in during Coentrao's absence, but a raft of upcoming absences doesn't bode well for the rest of Portugal's campaign.
Bento's men take on the United States on Sunday, June 22.