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Paraguay medical staff identify Miguel Almiron injury after tests

2 weeks ago
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In the early hours of Tuesday morning (UK time – Monday night in Brazil) Miguel Almiron collapsed to the turf clutching the back of his left thigh.

With 30 minutes gone of a Copa America group game against Uruguay, the Newcastle star passed the ball and as he set off to get a return pass, he came to a complete stop and went down with nobody around him.

In a 24 day stretch it was the sixth game Miguel Almiron had started for Paraguay, two World Cup qualifiers and four Copa America group games.

Almiron leaving the pitch in tears with what looked a bad injury.

After tests, the Paraguay medical staff have given a brief update on the Newcastle player’s situation.

They confirm it is a ‘muscle edema’ injury and they state he definitely misses Paraguay’s Copa America quarter-final against Peru on Friday night (early hours of Saturday morning UK time).

However, no news beyond that, Paraguayan journalist Roberto Rojas bringing the update.

Obviously, not a lot of detail there in Rojas’ brief update but it at least provides hope that the injury might not be as bad as it looked at the time.

However, surely we are very unlikely to see Miguel Almiron again at Copa America, particularly with the type of injury and how easy it would be to make it potentially worse if taking risks and playing him.

If Paraguay get past Peru on Friday night, it would then be a semi-final against Brazil or Chile on Monday (5 July), with potentially a third place play-off on Friday 9 July or the final on Saturday 10 July.

Questions should surely be asked by Newcastle United as to why Miguel Almiron was making his sixth start for Paraguay in the space of three and a half weeks, particularly when qualification for the Copa America quarter-finals was already assured before this defeat to Uruguay.

Almiron was never going to be with the rest of the Newcastle United squad for the return to the training ground on Monday 5 July to start pre-season preparations. Hopefully this injury won’t end up delaying his return even further, beyond the holiday time he will be due once the end of his participation in the Copa America is confirmed.

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