Barbosa is in sensational form. Beira-Mar are doing dreadful, ouch
BARBOSA OUT OF BIG MONTH
Sporting Lisbon’s on loan star Gabriel Barbosa will miss their crucial league clashes versus Benfica and FC Porto with a twisted ankle.
Barbosa sustained the injury in Sporting’s 3-0 away win versus Arouca and the latest medical update confirms the Brazilian forward will be out for at least five weeks.
Sporting boss Maradona has described the injury as a huge hurdle for ‘Os Leões’ to overcome but remains confident of mounting a title challenge.
”I still don’t know what my strongest team is yet but the injury of Barbosa has certainly been a blow to our title hopes.
“Nevertheless, it’s a loss we’ll have to deal with and I’m sure whoever gets selected will be 100% up for proving they too are worth their salt.
“Of course, it is a pain to lose Barbosa so close to two derby clashes but I’m sure Fredy Montero and Islam Slimani have enough about them to hurt both Benfica and Porto.”
Sporting currently sit third in the Liga Zon Sagres after two wins on the bounce, trailing Benfica by three points and Porto by one.