Portugal's second-choice goalkeeper Quim is "devastated" having been ruled out of UEFA EURO 2008™ after fracturing his right wrist in training on Friday.
'He is devastated'
Medical staff confirmed today that the 32-year-old SL Benfica No1, capped 26 times, would not be able to play. Team doctor Henrique Jones said: "Quim has fractured his wrist. It is not serious but he will not be able to play and will be out of action for four to six weeks. It was in the final moments of the training session. He is devastated." Ricardo will keep goal when Portugal tackle Turkey in their opening Group A fixture tonight, with Rui Patrício on the bench.
Rules and regulations
Portugal have asked permission to call up 34-year-old FC Porto goalkeeper Nuno Espírito Santo as Quim's replacement. According to Article 16.05 of the Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship: "In the event of serious injury to a listed player before his team's first match in the final tournament, the player in question may be substituted only if a doctor from the UEFA Medical Committee and the team doctor concerned both confirm that the injury is sufficiently serious to prevent the player from taking part."
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