Ultimately, Portugal national team defender Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain) was unable to spend the remainder of the 2022 World Cup schedule in Qatar due to injury.
AFP reported on the 1st, citing a source from the Portuguese Football Association, that Mendes, who injured his left thigh, will miss this period in the World Cup and is expected to be sidelined until the end of January next year.
Mendes, who was born in 2002 and played for Portugal since last year, has been recovering from muscle pain since coming into Qatar and before the first match of group H against Ghana. He was completely excluded from the roster in the match against Ghana on the 24th (a 3-2 win), and started as a starter in the second match against Uruguay (a 2-0 win) on the 28th, but he ‘was replaced by Rafael Gereiro (Dortmund) in the 42nd minute of the first half.
After that, he continued to focus on recovery, but in the end, he could no longer be seen playing in this World Cup.
Mendes will remain in the national team camp in Qatar and continue to work with his teammates. Portugal coach Fernando Santos confirmed Mendes’ absence from the rest of the World Cup matches in a press conference held ahead of the third match against Korea held on the same day, saying, “He wants to stay in Qatar, and his team has give permission. “
The Portuguese national team, who have already confirmed their progress to the round of 16 with two consecutive wins in the group stage, will play the final match against Korea at 0:00 on the 3rd at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan , Qatar.