According to the FPF’s press release, the Borussia Dortmund full-back “complained” during today’s training and “the medical examination he underwent confirmed that he would not be available in time” for the upcoming appointments to the national team.
Francisco Trincao, who was summoned on Tuesday, had taken an antigen test with a positive result for the novel coronavirus upon arrival at the center and had already left the Alcainas team’s training camp in Cidade de Futebol.
Furthermore, the Wolverhampton player did not even participate in today’s session, having been “immediately placed in the care of the FPF’s Health and Performance Unit”, and the initial positive diagnosis “later confirmed by RT-PCR”.
Due to the lack of athletes, coach Fernando Santos chose to call right-back Nelson Semedo, who also plays in “Wolves”.
And on Tuesday, the coach was already denied the heart of Domenicos Duarte (Granada) and striker Rafa (Benfica), both of whom have physical problems, and called up Jose Fonte, Rafael Leao and Trincao.
Fernando Santos called up Nelson Semedo for matches with Qatar and Luxembourg.
The Portuguese national team plays against Qatar on Saturday, at 20:15, in a special match, and after three days it will face Luxembourg, at 19:45, for the first group qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, and the two matches will be held at the Algarve stadium.
Portugal leads the first group in the World Cup qualifiers next year, with 13 points, two points behind Serbia (11), in second place, and seven other points against Luxembourg (6), and it is the third, one point behind, in front of Republic. Ireland (two) and Azerbaijan (one).
List of 24 summoned:
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopez (Lyon and Fra), Diogo Costa (Porto), Rui Patricio (Roma and ETA).
Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United, Eng), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City, England), Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Jose Fonte (Lille, France), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester). ). City, Ing), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain and FRA) and Nelson Semedo (Wolverhampton, Ing).
Midfielders: Joao Balenha (Sporting), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton, ING), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, ING), Joao Mario (Benfica), Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton, ING), Matthews Nunes (Sporting), William Carvalho (Betis) ). , esp).
Forwards: Andre Silva (RB Leipzig, Ales), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City, England), Diogo Jota (Liverpool, England), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, England), Rafael Leao (AC Milan, ETA) and Gonzalo Guedes (Valencia). , esp).
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