Felix set for surgery after Keane “impostor” jibe having played with injury

Joao Felix is set to undergo surgery on his right ankle after a recurring injury hampered his impact during Portugal’s exit to Belgium at Euro 2020.

Reigning champions Portugal were dumped out in the last-16 1-0 by the Belgian’s, and Felix made little impact after coming on as a substitute, prompting harsh criticism from Roy Keane.

The former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder slammed Felix, who cost the Atletico Madrid £113m from Benfica 2 years ago, labelling him an “imposter” for his contribution in the knockout clash.

A furious Keane told ITV Sport: “He’s an imposter, your country needs you and he comes on – hit the target!

SEVILLE, SPAIN – JUNE 27: Joao Felix of Portugal reacts during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Belgium and Portugal at Estadio La Cartuja on June 27, 2021 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

“£100million? If I was Ronaldo I’d certainly be going after him in the dressing room.”

Felix also missed a good chance to level the score in the final few minutes, but failed to capitalise, when it seemed to be laid on a plate for him by Cristiano Ronaldo.

And that only made Keane even more angry, as he told Felix he had to be tested Thibaut Courtois from the position he was in.

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“I get really annoyed when they’re quality players,” said the ex-United captain.

“There’s no excuse to be leaning back and just missing the target, just test the goalkeeper because these are top players there’s no getting around it.”

However, it appears that Felix was not playing at peak fitness as a recurring ankle injury got the better of him.

The 21-year-old did look bright, but not quite at his best, and news of a serious knock clears up why that was the case.

Felix has been nursing an ankle problem for some time now, with his lack of regular involvement towards the end of the La Liga season suggesting he is in need of some medical attention.

And it has been confirmed that Felix will undergo surgery this week in Portugal, forcing him out for a month.

That means that the versatile forward may miss some of Atletico’s pre-season preparations, but shouldn’t be out of action for too long once the season starts.

Belgium go marching into the last eight after their win in Seville
Belgium go marching into the last eight after their win in Seville

Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes was also started on the bench for the encounter, with both the midfielder and Felix coming on as substitutes as Fernando Santos looked to draw his side level.

Yet Keane was not impressed with either Fernandes or Felix as he slammed their impact, or lack thereof, for Portugal after entering the fray.

“Belgium were very composed at the back but Portugal showed a real lack of quality in the final third,” he went on. “Felix and Fernandes didn’t really affect the game, they didn’t have their shooting boots on.”

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