Cavani back scoring to boost Uruguay hopes

MADRID (AP) — There was once reduction for Edinson Cavani the instant his penalty kick struck the online.

“What crossed my mind is that it finally went in,” he mentioned after scoring his first purpose since signing for Valencia.

The Uruguay striker got here to Spain searching for taking part in time forward of doubtless his closing World Cup however have been rising worried about his loss of scoring, having failed in his first 3 video games with the membership.

That all ended towards Elche within the Spanish league on Saturday, when he additionally scored with a header in first-half stoppage time in a 2-2 draw.

“For us strikers, scoring is something very important,” the 35-year-old Cavani mentioned. “We do things to help the team, we work for the team, but scoring goals is something that is good for us.”

There was once a scare for each Valencia and Uruguay when Cavani didn’t go back for the second one 1/2 towards Elche on account of an ankle harm, however he mentioned after the sport it wasn’t anything else critical.

“The ankle was swollen but it should be just a matter of days,” he mentioned. “It hurts a bit, but it was a precaution.”

Cavani can be having a look to make it to his fourth World Cup with Uruguay, with whom he’s anticipated to spearhead the assault along Luis Suárez and Darwin Núñez in a bunch containing South Korea, Ghana and Portugal.

Along with Suárez, he helped the South American country end fourth in 2010 in South Africa. Four years later in Brazil, Uruguay was once eradicated through Colombia within the spherical of 16.

It was once a disappointing finishing for Uruguay and Cavani in 2018 in Russia, when he couldn’t give a contribution in a loss to eventual champion France within the quarterfinals on account of a muscle harm that stored him from taking part in.

RICHARLISON’S TEARS

Holding crutches and no longer placing weight on his left leg, Tottenham ahead Richarlison broke down in tears as he spoke a few calf harm that he feared would possibly rule him out of taking part in within the World Cup for Brazil.

“It’s more or less onerous to say as it’s shut to the conclusion of my dream,” he mentioned Saturday after Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Everton, all through which he pulled up with a calf pressure and walked off the sphere.

However, he has allayed any fears through pronouncing on social media he’s going to be back in two weeks.

“Guys, thank God it was once simply a large scare!!” he wrote in Portuguese:

Richarlison has emerged over the last 12 months as a robust possibility for one of the most ahead spots in Brazil’s crew, transferring forward of Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino because the beginning No. 9 for now.

INJURIES FOR PORTUGAL

The provide line for Cristiano Ronaldo on the World Cup is thinning.

Last week, Pedro Neto was once dominated out of the event after maintaining an ankle harm on membership accountability for Wolverhampton that calls for surgical procedure.

Another left winger, Diogo Jota, may additionally be questionable for the World Cup. The Liverpool ahead, who overlooked the primary month of the season on account of harm, was once carried off on a stretcher overdue within the win over Manchester City on Sunday on account of a thigh drawback.

RACE FOR JIMENEZ

Mexico striker Raul Jimenez could also be at risk of lacking the World Cup.

A groin harm has stored the 31-year-old Jimenez out of motion for Wolverhampton within the Premier League since Aug. 31. And the crew’s intervening time trainer, Steve Davis, can’t ensure his striker will go back earlier than the event in Qatar.

“I think that’s the hope, but I’m not too sure,” Davis mentioned. “It’s very tricky whilst you put a date on an harm. If it’s early, it’s a perfect wonder, but when it is going past that then other folks get started questioning concerning the remedy and such things as that. Rather than let other folks query it, it’s essential we be sure that he’s proper, that his psychological well being is excellent and he’s in a excellent position.

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