World Cup: Defender Bruno Alves misses training, joins ranks of Portugal's walking wounded
Veteran central defender Bruno Alves did not train on Friday, and is in some level of doubt Sunday's Group G clash with the USA (6 pm ET, ESPN) after picking up a muscle strain at some point during the week. The more sensational reports didn't specify when or where Alves was injured, though leading Portuguese sports publication O Jogo reported that it was a left thigh injury — and that Alves would, nonetheless, be available for selection vs. the US:
— O Jogo Online (@ojogo) June 21, 2014
The Portuguese will already be without Pepe, Alves' usual partner in central defense, who will miss the game after picking up a red card vs. Germany. Injuries, meanwhile, have claimed starting left back Fábio Coentrão and target striker Hugo Almeida.
Star attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, is expected to play despite carrying a knee injury since early spring.