Dempsey should be able to play with broken nose
SAO PAULO (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation says captain Clint Dempsey should be able to play in Sunday’s World Cup game vs. Portugal despite a broken nose.
Dempsey scored 30 seconds into Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana, then was bloodied by a shin to the face from defender John Boye when they battled for a header in the 33rd minute.
Forward Jozy Altidore and defender Matt Besler went for scans Tuesday after coming out of the game with hamstring problems. Altidore injured his left leg during the first half, and Besler came out at halftime after feeling soreness in his right leg.
Portugal’s Coentrao ruled out of World Cup
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Portugal left back Fabio Coentrao has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a muscle strain.
The Portuguese football federation said Tuesday that the Real Madrid defender strained his right abductor muscle during a 4-0 loss to Germany on Monday, when he was forced to leave the field in the 65th minute. He told reporters after the game that he feared his World Cup had “come to an end.”
Striker Hugo Almeida and goalkeeper Rui Patricio will remain with the squad. Both suffered injuries during Portugal’s opening match of the World Cup.
Portugal plays the United States in Manaus on Saturday and will also be without suspended defender Pepe.