Paris Saint-Germain defender Nuno Mendes is braced for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a muscle tear in his thigh during the World Cup match against Uruguay on Monday.
The talented left-back has been released from the Portugal squad, and he will not participate further in the tournament.
French outlet Le Parisien reports that Mendes will be out of action for up to eight weeks, meaning that PSG might miss his services for the whole of January.
The 23-year-old missed a few games earlier this season with a hamstring injury and only recovered in time for the World Cup.
Portugal, who have sealed their place in the round of 16, will be counting on Raphael Guerreiro for the rest of the tournament.
However, PSG will be desperate to see Mendes recover, with the heavyweight fixture against Bayern Munich in the Champions League awaiting in February.
Mendes has become an integral part of Les Parisiens since his transfer from Sporting CP. He helped the French giants win the Ligue 1 title last season and has produced some impressive displays to keep his side at the top of the table this term.
The Portuguese prodigy was also on the final 20-man shortlist for Ballon d’Or 2022, with Barcelona’s Gavi eventually winning the award.
PSG will be sweating over Mendes’ fitness and whether he will be able to recover for the Bayern tie.
Christophe Galtier will look to Juan Bernat – who has made 16 appearances this season – until Mendes recovers from injury.
PSG will face Strasbourg upon the resumption of Ligue 1 after the World Cup.
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