Portugal’s Guerreiro confirms fractured leg


Moscow (AFP) – Portugal left-back Raphael Guerreiro will miss the rest of the Confederations Cup after revealing on Thursday that he has been playing with a fractured leg for months. 

The Borussia Dortmund defender had to be helped off in the second-half of Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Russia in Moscow when Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner.

Guerreiro has confirmed he has a fracture and implies he has been playing with the injury for weeks, which he aggravated before going off in the 65th minute in Moscow. 

“Thank you for your messages, I have a fracture, but it happened three months ago,” Guerreiro wrote on his official Instagram account.

“Fortunately, the fracture is not causing me any pain, but I can’t put my foot on the ground or move.

“I’ll be behind my team-mates for the rest of the competition.”

It remains to be seen whether Guerreiro will be fit for the start of the season with Dortmund with the Bundesliga to kick-off on August 18.

Ronaldo’s eighth-minute header gave the European champions their first Confed Cup win in Russia and a victory over New Zealand on Saturday would secure a semi-final spot.

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