THE BALL – Fernando Santos on Danilo’s injury: «It’s one of those moves that nobody understands» (Portugal)

Fernando Santos, national coach, explained under what circumstances the injury to Danilo Pereira occurred, who fractured three ribs in training last Saturday.

′′ It’s one of those bids that nobody understands. We were training defensive dead balls, in the middle of a mess Danilo shouted and we went to see what was going on. He had difficulty breathing, after he recovered, he went to the hospital. Let’s wait for the evolution and continue to monitor. If we can still count on him in this World Cup, so much the better », he said at a press conference, before downplaying the Paris Saint-Germain player’s loss:

«We have three centrals and other players who can make that position. We can’t make a drama out of this. We are sad for him and above all for him, as we would be if it had happened to anyone else. Players are focused and concentrated, and for both the player and the person, an injury at a World Cup is always traumatic. Take advantage of something positive – he will continue to transmit strength with us so that we can offer a great gift to the Portuguese.”

Asked if it will be Pepe playing alongside Rúben Dias in the center of defense against Uruguay and if the experienced center is in physical condition after a break due to injury: “Tomorrow Pepe will play and he will certainly not have problems.”

About Otávio and Nuno Mendes, players who went back to specific recovery training the day before: «We’re going to have a training session this afternoon, we’ll see how they evolve. In the morning they were still in treatments. We’ll see if they’re fit or not for tomorrow.”

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