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Injured Nani may miss Portugal game with Germany
Posted Saturday, June 09, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) - Portugal winger Nani is struggling to shake off an injury to his right foot and may miss his country's opening Euro 2012 game against Germany, coach Paulo Bento said on Friday.

Nani, one of his team's major talents, was hurt during a 3-1 defeat against Turkey in a friendly game last Saturday. He sustained an injury to the same foot for his club Manchester United in January and missed two months of the season.

"Nani trained yesterday and tomorrow he will train again and then we will evaluate this injury that he had on the same part of the body as before," Bento told a news conference in Lviv ahead of the game on Saturday against Germany.

"We'll see after the training tomorrow how we proceed with him ... the only player we are not sure about is Nani."

The 25-year-old has played 54 games for Portugal, scoring 13 times.

Portugal conceded three bad goals against Turkey and the performance, combined with an earlier disappointing 0-0 home draw against Macedonia, prompted critics to speculate about whether the team is good enough to progress very far.

"I don't care about the criticisms because the people who deserve my attention are the players," said Bento.

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    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia