Lukas Spalvis Out for 6 Months

Lukas Spalvis will require surgery and be out for about 6 months after picking up an injury in the game against Stade Nyonnais. Spalvis suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

It’s a disaster start for the 21-year old Danish striker after having just joined from Aalborg in the summer.

It will be interesting to see if this has any impact on the impending departures of Teófilo Gutiérrez or Hernán Barcos, especially with Islam Slimani still being linked to a host of other clubs.

Stade Nyonnais 1-3 SPORTING

Stade Nyonnais 1-3 SPORTING

SPORTING XI: Vladimir Stojković; João Pereira (Scored, 27′) (Ricardo Esgaio, 78′), Naldo, Paulo Oliveira (Ewerton, 81′), Jefferson (Scored, 37′) (Marvin Zeegelaar, 78′); João Palhinha (Radosav Petrović, 63′), Alberto Aquilani (Bryan Ruiz, 63′), Bruno César (Carlos Mané 63′); Alan Ruiz (Scored, 12′) (Islam Slimani, 78′), Iuri Medeiros (Gelson Martins, 63′), Lukas Spalvis (Hernán Barcos, 54′)

Mauro Riquicho to Undergo Surgery

The extent of Mauro Riquicho’s horrible injury have become more clear with the club announcing the Portugal U21 right-back will undergo surgery today.

Riquicho suffered a broken left fibula and a dislocated ankle after a tackle by Alemão in yesterday’s 3-1 win over Leixões.

There is no date yet as to when the defender could return but it’s certainly going to be several months before he has fully recovered.

Shikabala to Decide His Future / Rabia to Return

The problematic Shikabala is set to decide his future, whilst still absent from the club in Egypt, shortly says the player’s agent.

The Egyptian has been away from Sporting for the past month (since September 13th) and it’s looking likely that he will be set to terminate his contract with the club.

Shikabala was always a risky signing for Sporting and that’s clearly evident now.

Good news though for Ramy Rabia whose surgery was successful and could be set to return to playing within the next fortnight or so.

Rabia’s unlikely to go straight into the team and will probably play with the B team once more whilst regaining fitness before pushing towards the first team.

Injury updates: Islam Slimani and Cédric Soares

There was cause for concern for Sporting fans when Islam Slimani was taken off injured during international duty of Algeria against Ethiopia. However, the 69th minute substitution of the forward does not seem to be too serious as he has not returned to the club for treatment and may even feature again for Algeria in their game against Mali on Wednesday. Should his knock prove to be more serious Fredy Montero is likely to start against Belenenses on Sunday.

Elsewhere Cédric Soares is being reevaluated today as it seems the right-back hasn’t recovered from his injury in time for this weekend and may even be rested just to make sure he is fit for the Champions League game against Maribor next Wednesday. Should he fail to make the Belenenses game it’s likely Ricardo Esgaio will keep his place after playing well previously against Benfica.

André Martins a Doubt for Marítimo

André Martins is a doubt as to whether he will be fit enough to face Marítimo on Saturday.

The midfielder, who provided the assist for Islam Slimani in last weekend’s clássico, is currently being treated for a muscular problem.

Should Martins fail to make the game then it is likely that Gérson Magrão or Vítor Silva will fill in his spot in midfield.

Weekly News Round-Up 15/03/14

Apologies, it’s been a while our last update, so we’ll review what has happened in a busy week for Sporting starting with last week’s controversial game away to Vitória de Setúbal.

Referee Vasco Santos grabbed the headlines in a hugely controversial game. Islam Slimani and Adrien Silva were the goal-scorers for Sporting whilst Rafael Martins and Ricardo Horta scored for the home side. The result saw Porto get within 2 points of Sporting and Benfica pull 7 points clear.

President Bruno de Carvalho was particularly outspoken after the game stating: “[We ask] the fans to mobilise and that they do not accept a situation which is damaging the Club. Sporting has already had 7 points taken away in the league this season. The only chance that Sporting has of playing is if the fans come together and say enough is enough of this situation that has damaged the Club for long enough.”

Expect a protest from Sporting fans in tomorrow’s game against Porto at the Alvalade.

Before that Sporting B lost again, this time to AC Viseu. Wilson Manafá was sent off but Shikabala returned from injury with Vítor Silva and Iván Piris also making appearances. Fausto Lourenço 70th minute goal grabbed the victory for the home side.

K.A.A. Gent announced that they have agreed to sign Sporting’s on-loan midfielder Renato Neto at the end of the season. Renato Neto joined Sporting in 2007 and graduated through the academy ranks.

In better news Sporting announced that 18-year old forward Gelson Martins had signed a new deal with the club. As with many previous deals, this is long term (until 2019) with a minimum release clause of €45m.

There was more good news for Gelson Martins when he was again picked in the Portugal U-19 squad along side teammates João Palhinha, Domingos Duarte, Rúben Ribeiro, Francisco Geraldes and Guilherme Oliveira.

And if that wasn’t enough for Martins he scored for the Sporting youth team as they beat Benfica 2-1 in the Juniores A 2ª Fase Apuramento Campeão. Domingos Duarte was sent off before Pedro Rebocho equalised for Benfica. Brazilian forward Matheus Pereira got the win for 10-man Sporting though in 74th minute.

And finally we look forward to tomorrow’s big game at the Alvalade against Luís Castro’s Porto. Maurício picked up another yellow card in the Setúbal game and will miss this match meaning Eric Dier is likely to start alongside Marcos Rojo in defence. Elsewhere Carlos Mané returns from the injury he picked up in international duty that put him out of the last game.

Jefferson Out for a Month

Bad news for Sporting today as it is revealed that left-back Jefferson could be out for up to a month.

The Brazilian was injured in the 0-0 draw against Académica and will now not only miss the Benfica game but the entire month. This means the left back could also miss the games against Olhanense, Rio Ave and Braga but may return in time to face Vitória de Setúbal.

In his absence Iván Piris will fill in at left-back.

Result: SPORTING B 3-2 Portimonense

Sporting B returned to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Portimonense to bring them back up to 6th place in the Segunda Liga. Ricardo Esgaio, Filipe Chaby and Iuri Medeiros all getting goals for Abel Ferreira’s side.

The B team manager had a few first team players to chose from with Gérson Magrão and Iván Piris both starting to regain match fitness.

It took 12 minutes for Sporting to take the lead when good play from Filipe Chaby and Ricardo Esgaio saw the prolific winger grab his 11th goal of the season.

Lewis Enoh’s turbulent to his Sporting career continued as he was again at fault for conceding a penalty, this time with a push on Vítor Moreno. Ricardo Pessoa stepped up to level the scoring from the penalty spot in the 24th minute.

There is concern for Abel and the staff as minutes later Mica Pinto was forced off injured resulting in Sambinha coming on in his place with Hugo Sousa filling in at left-back.

Portimonense took the lead just before half-time when Portimonense midfielder Mica Silva with a long range strike to beat Mickaël Meira.

It looked like the visitors would go into half-time in the lead but Iván Piris found Filipe Chaby who made it 2-2 before the break.

Sporting came out quickly in the second half and Iuri Medeiros scored a beautiful goal to put Sporting ahead.

After that the home team were more comfortable until a few Portimonense changes put Lázaro Oliveira’s side on the front foot.

To help keep things tight defensively in the dying stages of the game Abel handed a debut to 18-year old midfielder João Palhinha as he came on for a substitute for Iuri Medeiros.

Sporting held out for what was a great result against strong opponents. Sporting B will next travel to face Aves next week.

SPORTING B XI: Mickaël Meira; Iván Piris, Rúben Semedo, Hugo Sousa, Mica Pinto (Sambinha, 28′); Wallyson Mallmann, Gérson Magrão, Filipe Chaby (Daniel Podence, 73′); Ricardo Esgaio, Iuri Medeiros (João Palhinha, 85′), Lewis Enoh
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Kikas, Matheus Pereira, Cristian Ponde