Injured defender Pepe out of Portugal’s upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Injured defender Pepe out of Portugal’s upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Sporting defender Luis Neto will take Pepe’s place in coach Fernando Santos’ squad, the FPF stated in a press release on Sunday night.

Injured defender Pepe out of Portugal's upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers

File picture of Pepe (R). AFP

Pepe has withdrawn from Portugal’s first three upcoming World Cup qualifiers after struggling an damage in a league match for Porto, the Portuguese Soccer Federation (FPF) stated.

Sporting defender Luis Neto will take Pepe’s place in coach Fernando Santos’ squad, the FPF stated in a press release on Sunday night.

Pepe was on account of return to the Selecao for the primary time since October. The 38-year-old former Actual Madrid defender picked up a “muscle damage in his proper leg” in a 2-1 league win at Portimonense on Saturday, Porto stated.

Portugal will start their 2022 World Cup qualifying marketing campaign for Qatar in opposition to Azerbaijan in Turin on Wednesday in a match relocated to Italy for well being causes.

The European champions then journey to Serbia on Saturday and Luxembourg three days later.

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio has additionally been pressured to withdraw from the squad after failing to recuperate from a head damage sustained taking part in for his membership Wolverhampton. He was changed by Olympiakos goalkeeper Jose Sa.

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