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Portugal coach Fernando Santos once again stressed the importance of his other 22 players around main man Cristiano Ronaldo as they prepare to face Uruguay in the World Cup last 16 on Saturday. Doctors inform that Cavani has already started rehabilitation and perform some exercise.

Uruguay has gone deep into the World Cup before, even with some of the same players, yet after four straight wins, it's clear there is something more to the group that Oscar Tabarez has brought to Russian Federation.

"We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-final".

And on Monday, the Uruguayan Football Association gave an update on the Paris St Germain striker's condition, saying a scan had shown swelling in his left leg but no muscle tear, and that he was still sore.

Cavani has scored 45 goals for Uruguay, 12 of which have been assisted by Suarez. Uruguay have yet to concede a goal in Russian Federation, although going forward they have relied mainly on set pieces to score their goals.




In their hometown of Salto, they are looked up to by locals who want to emulate them and become the next big thing in Uruguayan football.

His absence would be a huge blow for Uruguay, with the striker seen as the star of the side along with Luis Suarez.

For Portugal, this was surely the last World Cup hurrah for Ronaldo who, like his great rival Lionel Messi, still hasn't scored a goal in the knock out rounds of the tournament.

Midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur said that Cavani "is doing very well, happy about advancing". They have had a chance to top Group B while leading in the third round of group match against Iran in the first half, but the game ended in a draw ultimately after a controversial penalty goal from the opponent. As Portugal captain, I know how we've worked and we must be proud of the team. "I hope he stays but we'll see what happens". Right now we can't say with any certainty what the injury is or might be.

"Today we committed a mistake that led to the equaliser but we have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez added, citing the value of his team's "intensity, focus and tactical intuition".


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