Striker Paulinho missed Sporting this Sunday because of a “left hamstring injury” that prevented him from playing against Portimonense on Saturday, the Portuguese Football League leader said.
The player, who was hired by Sporting de Braga at the “winter market”, sustained the injury the day before the game against Portimonense, said coach Rúben Amorim, who assumed after the victory over the Algarve (2-0) that he would it “difficult”, the striker recovered in the next round with FC Porto for the classic.
“Paulinho was in pain in the last training session. He complained to the doctor, didn’t cause much fuss, but he has an injury and we still don’t know how long it will take. I’ve already had this injury and it may be a short time or longer, but we have Tiago Tomás, Tabata, Jovane, Pedro Gonçalves and Nuno Santos to play there. I find it difficult for Paulinho to be ready for FC Porto, ”said Amorim after the 20th round game.
The day after the Portimonense win, the “Lions” returned to training at the club’s academy in Alcochete, in a session where the game’s owners were just recreational the day before, with the exception of goalkeeper Adán, who was working on the grass .
Athletes have a day off on Monday and return to work on Tuesday to start preparing for the classic against FC Porto on Matchday 21, which is due to take place on Saturday at the Estádio do Dragão.
Alvalade’s line-up remains excellent in the lead of the I Liga with 54 points, 13 more than second-placed FC Porto, who visited Marítimo on Monday.