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Portugal in huge World Cup blow as Mendes is ruled out for rest of tournament

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NUNO MENDES has dealt a huge blow to Portugal’s World Cup hopes after being ruled out of the remainder of the tournament.

The Paris Saint-Germain defender limped off the pitch in tears during the Portuguese’s win over Uruguay on Monday night.

And the defender has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament

Mendes appeared to suffer a thigh strain, although the severity of the injury wasn’t fully known.

But the fullback’s tournament has come to a premature end after further assessment from team doctors.

Footy fans were quick to express their sympathy for the injured defender.

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One tweeted: “Such a terrible shame for him and Portugal. An exceptional footballer.”

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Another said: “Big blow the Portuguese team.”

And another said: “Nuno Mendes is out of the World Cup.

“That’s a huge damage for Portugal

One remarked: “Get well soon Mendes.”

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Another chimed in: “Get well, Nuno.”

Portugual have yet to officially confirm Mendes’ tournament-ending injury – which will pave the way for Joao Cancelo to start in their final Group H match.

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Mendes, 20, has also remained silent on the heartbreaking injury.

Portugal booked their place in the last 16 win with a 2-0 win over Uruguay

Portugal booked their place in the last 16 of the tournament with a 2-0 win over Uruguay – which came courtesy of a Bruno Fernandes brace.

Fernando Santos’ troops will bid to seal top spot on Friday with a victory over South Korea – who only have one point to their name from their opening two matches.

Source: The Sun

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