Enner Valencia will be forced to play the ‘final’ against Senegal

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The author of Ecuador’s three goals at the World Cup suffers a knee sprain that prevented him from finishing the first two games

Enner Valencia, goalscorer for Ecuador – author of the three goals for the South American team in Qatar – had to leave the field of play before the end of regular time in the two games played due to knee problems. In the last game against the Netherlands, he also came out on a stretcher, which set off the alarm bells of the fans. Logically. His selection will play the pass to the eighth finals this Tuesday (4 p.m.) with the tough Senegal and the absence of the shooter would be a tough one.

The win and draw would classify Gustavo Alfaro’s team, while the African team plays all on one map. Senegal must win anyway, so the match promises strong emotions. The Fenerbache striker has undergone tests at a clinic in Doha and all indications are that he will push himself into the eleven for the ‘final’. “He has a sprained knee, but in the same way his heart is painted for the Tri, which pushes him to play every fight. If at some point in the game it couldn’t be from the beginning. Our captain’s guidance is essential. We will try to finish it and it can be there from the beginning,” the Ecuadorian coach said before the game.

Valencia himself expressed the same opinion about the injury. “If you let me play this game, I hope the next one can be much better,” he launched after a draw against the Netherlands. The one definitely not in the match against Senegal due to the accumulation of warnings is the midfielder, Jehgson Méndez. His replacement comes from the duo Carlos Gruezo-José Cifuentes.

The African team, once overcame the hard blow of the absence due to injury of its great star Sadio Mane in the World Cup, has shown to be a very competitive team ready to set fire to all ships. “It’s a game of life or death. We have great offensive potential and we have to manage to get the win,” said Senegalese coach Aliou Cissé.

Ecuador has been alerted and has received the message. “We plan the meeting as if it were the last. I told the players that if we went level, we will most likely give up the main role,” the Ecuadorian coach continued.

Source: La Verdad

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