Bernardo Silva vows to dedicate a Portugal ‘win’ over Uruguay to injured team-mate Danilo Pereira – despite the game not taking place until MONDAY – with the midfielder sidelined after fracturing his ribs in training
- Bernardo Silva has dedicated Portugal’s ‘win’ over Uruguay to Danilo Pereira
- Danilo is expected to miss at least the rest of the group stage through injury
- The game however has not yet been played, and will take place on Monday night
- Portugal scraped past Ghana in their opening game while Uruguay drew theirs
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Bernardo Silva has dedicated Portugal’s win over Uruguay to injured team-mate Danilo Pereira, despite the game not taking place until Monday.
Midfielder Danilo has been ruled out for at least the rest of the group stage after fracturing his ribs in training just days after playing 90 minutes in his side’s opening game win over Ghana.
Via GOAL, Silva sent an emotional message to the 31-year-old, but stumbled over his words when speaking to reporters in a seemingly strong showing of confidence ahead of the match.
Bernardo Silva has dedicated Portugal’s ‘win’ over Uruguay to injured star Danilo Pereira
Danilo has been ruled out for at least the group stages after fracturing his ribs in training
The game however does not take place until Monday evening, when Portugal could qualify for the knock-out rounds with a win
He said: ‘We want to dedicate this win to Danilo because he is a fantastic player and person.
‘That is why we would like to do it for him. But we have a strong arsenal of weapons and we will be ready to play against anyone in this tournament.’
The match will kick-off at 7pm UK time on Monday and could see Portugal secure their place in the knock-out round of the tournament with a win.
But they stumbled past the lowest ranked side in the competition on Monday, edging the game 3-2 to pick up the three points.
Uruguay are ranked 14th in the world – 47 places higher than Ghana in 61st – but Portugal in ninth will go into the game as favourites.
Portugal stumbled past Ghana in their opening match, with Cristiano Ronaldo (left) netting
Uruguay meanwhile drew 0-0 with Soth Korea and will be desperate for a positive result
Uruguay themselves will go into the match-up desperate for a result after drawing their first game of the tournament 0-0 against South Korea.
Silva meanwhile played 88 minutes of the game before being substituted for Joao Palhinha.
Cristiano Ronaldo played in his first match since having his contract terminated by Manchester United, and is expected to start again on Monday.
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