The injury sustained in the match with Estoril is not serious and the presence in front of Inter is open.
Despite the fall, the image of the player’s pain and Conceicao’s apprehension on the bench, the injury that Joao Mario suffered to open the second half of the match against Estoril is nothing more than a bruise and the presence of the right-back in the second. The “eighth” hand of the Champions League, against Inter Milan, is not excluded at all.
Sergio Conceicao had already hinted, at the end of the match, that the injury would not be as serious as it seemed. “From what the doctor told me, it doesn’t seem serious, the cruciate ligaments would be dangerous. At first glance, it seems like it’s not, but we’ll realize the extent of the injury when he does an examination,” he said. Now, the re-evaluation has brought better news as it confirmed there was only a contusion to the right knee and no sprain. This makes a huge difference since a contusion occurs when trauma causes injury to soft tissues, while a sprain occurs when ligaments are stretched.
João Mário will now undergo intensive treatments until Tuesday and a decision on his use will only be taken on the day of the Italians’ reception. The hope, as we said, is that it gets the green light from the medical department. Which would be great news for Sergio Conceicao. This is because, with Ottavio suspended, Pepe’s presence in the more advanced terrain is key in a team that needs to reverse a tie after defeat by the smallest margin at Milan.
Rodrigo Conceicao would be the other option for defence, if there was no Joao Mario. Remember that benefits are not registered in the Champions League.
Evanelson is already in the final stage
Even Evanilson entered the equation for the meeting with Estoril, but a test taken in training the day before advised him to postpone his return to competition. On Saturday, the Brazilian returned to treatment for a problem in his left thigh, but it is almost certain that he will return to the Porto Football Club team on Monday. Remember, the last time Evanilson played was in Milan, when he took part in the second half, after another stop due to injury. João Marcelo also continues to publish the Clinical Bulletin of Dragon (treatment), as well as Francisco Meixedo (Integrated Conditioning Training). This Sunday there is a new training session in Olivale.
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