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Uruguay's Cavani has swollen calf, not tear, as France loom

  • Published at 12:11 am July 3rd, 2018
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Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has a painful calf swelling but not a muscle tear, the country's football federation (FCF) said on Monday, increasing his chances of being fit for Friday's World Cup quarter-final with France.

Cavani scored two brilliant goals against Portugal in Uruguay's 2-1 last 16 victory on Saturday, before limping off with the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Now he is fighting for a full recovery so he can again lead the line with Luis Suarez against France in Nizhny Novgorod.

A scan showed swelling in Cavani's left calf muscle but no torn fibres, the FCF said in a statement.

"The player remains in pain. He will continue to do individual work and rehabilitation. His evolution is being monitored," it said. "The rest of the squad is fine."