Edinson Cavani has returned to training but remains a doubt for Uruguay’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with France.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker, 31, picked up an injury to his left calf after netting both goals in his country’s 2-1 last-16 win over Portugal.
Team doctors said in a statement Monday that a scan showed that Cavani, who has three goals at the tournament, had swelling but no muscle tear.
Uruguay didn’t give any indication about his chances to face France at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Friday, saying only that they are “monitoring his progress.”
They added: “The player remains injured. He will train apart from the rest of the squad and receive physical therapy.”
However, reports claim that he is set to be ruled out of the clash.
Cavani was in visible pain when he was substituted in the 74th minute on Saturday.
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo put his arm around Cavani and helped him walk off the field.
Midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur said Cavani “is doing very well, happy about advancing.”
Bentancur added that Cavani did some rehabilitation work and that “he’s in good spirits. We’ll have to wait day by day to see how he feels.”
If Cavani doesn’t recover in time, coach Oscar Tabarez is expected to replace him with ex-Middlesbrough forward Cristhian Stuani.