Injured Deco out of Portugal match with North Korea

By Shrikesh Laxmidas and Pedro Fonseca

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Portugal midfielder Deco has been ruled out of their Group G match against North Korea on Monday due to a thigh injury he picked up during Friday's training session, the player's spokesman said.

"Deco has been ruled of the second match by Portugal's medical department. He injured his upper right thigh in the Friday's training in Magaliesburg, and underwent treatment during the following two days but with no improvement," Acaz Felleger, the player's spokesman, said in a statement on Sunday.

"He is with the Portuguese delegation in Cape Town and hopes to play against Brazil in Portugal's third match on Thursday," Felleger added.

Deco played 62 minutes in Portugal's 0-0 draw against the Ivory Coast on Tuesday, before being substituted by Tiago.

(editing by Michael Holden)