PORTUGAL star Nuno Mendes has limped off against Uruguay in tears.
The left-back hobbled off the pitch crying into his shirt as his World Cup dream is potentially over.
He was consoled by the team’s doctors and teammates as he left the field and headed straight down the tunnel.
The PSG youngster, 20, went off just 42 minutes into the clash with Uruguay and was replaced by Raphael Guerreiro.
Mendes went into the tournament nursing a slight problem and he did not feature in Portugal’s opener against Ghana.
It is believed he had a hamstring issue but was deemed fit enough to play in Qatar.
However it appears he may have aggravated the injury and judging from his reaction he could be on the sidelines for some time.
He missed five of PSG’s matches prior to the World Cup hiatus with the muscular problem.
Portugal’s injury woes are mounting with a number of key players in the treatment room.
Liverpool ace Diogo Jota was not named in the squad due to a calf problem and while at the World Cup both Danilo Perriera and Otavio have picked up knocks.
Fernando Santos’ side are being held 0-0 and they will miss Mendes’ attacking quality and pace in future matches if he is ruled out.
They will play South Korea in their final match in Group H.
More to follow.
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