Uruguay: Cavani injury a ‘worry’; France ‘won’t be easy’

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Edinson Cavani was the star of Uruguay’s 2-1 victory over Portugal in the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup on Saturday, but his two goals didn’t come without a price — a hamstring injury suffered late in the second half.

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Cristiano Ronaldo offered Cavani a bit of assistance — largely in the essence of time — as he left the field with his side ahead in the 74th minute. According to head coach Oscar Tabarez, it is yet unknown how severe the injury is — and whether or not it will keep him out of Friday’s quarterfinal clash with France — but “[they] are worried.” — quotes from the BBC:

“Yes, he was injured and he felt pain. I haven’t spoken to the medical team because the match has only just finished. We don’t have a lot of time to recover. Right now, we are only worried, but we don’t know how serious the injury really is.

As for the rest of Saturday’s game, the 71-year-old was extremely pleased by yet another of his side’s resolute, organized defensive performances. Portugal had 67 percent of possession and created 20 shots (to Uruguay’s five), but the quality of chances allowed was patently, and characteristically, low.

“It was difficult, Portugal were constantly in our area. Today it was a mistake that led to the equalizer, but we have a very strong team. We have had to sustain an injury and see how that resolves.”

“We were not that far away from a very different result. Up to yesterday people were saying, ‘Well, we won the group phase but the group was easy.’ I don’t think Portugal was easy and what lies ahead won’t be easy.”