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WORLD CUP 2010: Portugal winger Nani out of finals

08 Jun 2010 14:34:28

WORLD CUP 2010: Portugal winger Nani out of finals

Portugal winger Nani is the latest big name to be ruled out of the World Cup. The Manchester United star is sidelined with a shoulder injury and joins the likes of Michael Essien, Michael Ballack and John Mikel Obi in missing the tournament. Pain game: Nani joins several big names on the sidelines The Portugal federation said: 'After tests we conclude he is unfit to participate in theWorld Cup.' Nani picked up the injury attempting an acrobatic shot in training on Friday in Lisbon. He will be replaced in the squad by Benfica midfielder Ruben Amorim. The absence will disrupt the plans of Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz, who was counting on the 23-year-old following an impressive season at Old Trafford. Dream duo: Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo were ready to lead Portugal's assault The other main injury concern in the Portuguese squad is Pepe, who has been recovering from a knee injury he sustained in December. He has not played since but was last week cleared by doctors from the national side and his club Real Madrid to travel to the finals. Portugal play their first match on June 15 against the Ivory Coast in Group G, which also includes Brazil and North Korea. On fire: Nani enjoyed his best season yet with Manchester United  Essien ruled out of World Cup as Chelsea midfielder loses fitness fightBallack heartbreak as Germany skipper is ruled out of finals


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