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2022 World | Portuguese star to miss the remainder of the World Cup due to a muscle injury

Portugal’s run into the knockout stage has been given a severe body blow after PSG starlet Nuno Mendes is ruled out of the remainder of the tournament


Portugal has proven themselves once again on the international stage after rising above pre-tournament controversy involving iconic figure Cristiano Ronaldo to be one of the first nations to book passage into the round of 16 while currently sitting atop Group H and likely to emerge group winners.

But their potential deep run during the knockout stage has suffered a severe body blow after reports from French outlet Le Parisien confirm that Paris Saint-Germain left-back starlet Nuno Mendes will now miss the rest of the 2022 World Cup.

Mendes has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in a Portuguese player pool already chock-full of impressive youth at the highest level, with his influence already felt at both the national team level as well as for French giants PSG.

The 20-year-old Sintra native was brought into the team to start against Uruguay in a match that Portugal went on to win 2-0 after the European side narrowly ran out winners against Ghana in a 3-2 thriller that Borussia Dortmund star Raphaël Guerreiro was given the nod in.

Mendes would only last 42-minutes in what was shaping up to be a very good evening for him on a personal level, but a muscle injury will now leave Fernando Santos’ men with only one left-back available for the rest of the tournament, though Guerreiro does offer a very good option in certain circumstances.

It is unfortunately yet another injury to a star name in Qatar this winter after what continues to prove to be a disproportionate amount of fitness concerns during a mid-season World Cup amidst a full-season calendar across the top leagues in Europe and players without the ability to use the normal winding down of a traditional campaign to begin to prepare for a tournament.

How Portugal responds without his absence remains to be seen, but a potential round-of-16 clash with one of Switzerland, Cameroon, or Serbia could offer interesting talking points should Guerreiro struggle.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.



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