Coentrao Out For Portugal, Hummels Injury Not Serious

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  • Portugal defender Fabio Coentrao has been ruled out for the rest of the 2014 World Cup due to a thigh injury.

    The Real Madrid left-back was carried off on a stretcher during Germany's 4-0 rout of Portugal on Monday in Salvador, and the 26-year-old has been officially ruled out of the rest of the tournament after a scan on Tuesday confirmed the thigh injury.

    "According to the tests, he is unfit for competition for a period exceeding the duration of the World Cup," said the Portugal Football Federation.

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    In an FPF press conference, a disappointed Coentrao added: "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."

    Striker Hugo Almeida and goalkeeper Rui Patricio also had scans for both hamstring and thigh injuries respectively, but neither have been ruled out of the tournament.

    Portugal lie bottom of Group G after the humiliating 4-0 defeat to Germany on Monday, during which defender Pepe was sent off in the first half for a headbutt on Thomas Muller.

    Muller scored a hat-trick in the match, while Mats Hummels also found the back of the net with a towering 32nd-minute header before he was forced to leave the pitch early also with a thigh problem.

    Hummels hinted that he may miss Germany's second match against Ghana on Saturday, but confirmed that the injury won't end his World Cup.

    “It doesn’t feel as if the injury is bad enough to end my World Cup but more like missing perhaps a game,” Hummels said. “It looked worse than what it was.”

    Germany take on Ghana in Natal on Saturday, while Portugal face the USA on Sunday in Fortaleza. Click here to compare 2014 World Cup betting odds.

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