Portugal dismiss Nani rumours

14 June 2010 10:27
Portugal have moved quickly to reject stories suggesting Manchester United star Nani was sent home from the World Cup for disciplinary reasons rather than injury. The Portuguese Football Federation said last week that Nani would not be able to play in the tournament because of a shoulder injury but rumours have since hinted that there was more to the story. The winger travelled with the rest of the squad to South Africa and trained with them for two days after suffering the injury before being ruled out. He then said on his return to Portugal that the problem was not too serious. However, the vice-president of the Portuguese federation, Amandio de Carvalho, insisted: "There is no attempting to hide anything, there was only the hope that he could have recovered." Twenty-three-year-old Nani had earlier said: "I thought this was going to be my World Cup, I was training and playing well, but that's life. "I worked a lot for this World Cup but I had the misfortune to injure myself before the start."

Source: ESA