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Estrella da Amadora dedicated the victory to the unlucky Gustavo Henrique

Estrella da Amadora dedicated the victory to the unlucky Gustavo Henrique

The Tricolores praised the winger after Leo Gaba's goal and at the end of the match by Sergio Vieira. He suffered a tear in the meniscus in his left knee and will be out of action for at least two months

On Friday night, the success of Estrela da Amadora was absolute: they achieved their first victory of 2024 by defeating Portimonense (3-0) and they also managed to dedicate this success to Gustavo Henrique, certainly a member of the team that has been haunted by bad. Luck, which we now know will have to stop again.

The winger returned to competition last December, after a long break that lasted nearly ten months (302 days) due to a serious injury to his left knee, resulting from a sprain following a dispute over the ball during a match against Varense at the time. In League 2 – both teams will complete promotion to the top flight – in just over a year. Gustavo completed his entire recovery process, which was documented in a video published by Estrella himself… but the disaster returned again. Knock on his door.

The Brazilian faces another long absence, due to a problem in the same knee, and his teammates were not indifferent in the confrontation with Portimonense, specifically in the 12th minute, when Leo Gaba scored the second goal for the tricolor, accompanied by the rest. His teammates sat on the bench and picked up Gustavo Henrique's No. 11 shirt, holding it up and showing it to the photo reporters and fans in attendance.

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In the end, in the press conference that followed the victory over Algarve, it was the coach himself, Sergio Vieira, who did not forget to leave a word of consolation for his student, declaring that “here everyone is important and I wanted that too.” “He took the opportunity to give a very special word to Gustavo Henrique” after last week, in Amoreira, he referred to his absence as an “ambiguous situation” that forced him to leave the athlete out of the team, as he admitted, “reluctantly”.

Unfortunately for Estrella and for Sergio Vieira's options, further tests carried out on Gustavo Henrique revealed a tear in the meniscus – this time, in principle, not as serious as the previous injury, which sidelined him for the second half of last season and the first half of the season. Current – But this did not allow us to avoid the surgical intervention, which was performed during this week, leaving the team without an option for the attacking wings.

The problem arose when the 24-year-old striker complained about two weeks ago, and the Estrella medical department considered the best procedure to carry out, opting for a new operation, the second in a year, as soon as it appeared. The seriousness of the situation. The downtime should be around two months, so only with a perfect recovery will the player be able to compete again until the end of the season, an ambition that will now serve as a catalyst for the recovery process.