Spain coach Luis de la Fuente was appalled to have lost Oscar Mingueza and Dani Ceballos to injuries in the Tokyo 2020 opener.
The coach of the Olympic team fears that Barcelona defender Mingueza and Real Madrid midfielder Ceballos will not recover quickly.
Critical also for the refereeing that allowed Egypt to impose their physical play in the match that ended 0-0 in Sapporo.
Speaking of the injured duo, both of whom were separated in the first half, De la Fuente said: “They are the biggest concern. They don’t look good. Let’s see if I’m wrong and they can catch up.
“We are very concerned because they could be serious injuries.”
Mingueza suffered a heavy tackle in the sixth minute which saw a yellow card from Ahmed Fotouh, who was then released in the 22nd minute.
Ceballos was substituted just before half-time after being fouled by Taher Mohamed, although it was apparently unintentional when the Egyptian player positioned himself on the Spanish star’s left ankle.
When asked about Egypt’s approach, after receiving four yellow cards, De la Fuente suggested that they should have been more discouraged by such an energetic confrontation.
He said, quoted to Marca: “The other day we had a chat in which they explained to us how the VAR works and we hope that next time we will have better luck with the sanctions that occur on the playing field because today I didn’t have it. .
“We had a meeting that explained the actions that could be punished with a red card. Today there were many and they were not punished as they told us ».
Mingueza had an important season at Barcelona last season, playing 39 games with the first time since leaving the club’s B team.
Ceballos returned to Real Madrid ahead of the new LaLiga season after spending the last two seasons on loan at Arsenal. He failed to score in 40 games for the Gunners last season and only had three assists.