Cristiano Ronaldo has been dominated out of Portugal’s solely warm-up pleasant earlier than the beginning of the World Cup on account of a abdomen bug.
Portugal face Nigeria in Lisbon on Thursday night time earlier than heading out to Qatar, with the squad having gathered on the nationwide workforce amenities earlier within the week.
Ronaldo skilled on Monday and Tuesday as regular however was then absent on Wednesday.
“Ronaldo has a gastritis and didn’t practice at present with a purpose to recuperate and relaxation,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos mentioned after the session. “It is a situation that does not assist a lot, because it impacts the gamers so much, they lose a variety of liquid, they weaken. He will not be prepared for [Thursday], for certain.”
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Santos was requested to doubly verify that Ronaldo is definitely ailing and his absence is nothing to do with the fallout of his controversial interview that’s being launched in two elements this week.
“If it have been one other participant, we would not query it, however sure, he actually has gastritis and is in no situation to play,” Santos mentioned.
“What I am all in favour of is what’s being spoken in our camp and never what’s being mentioned exterior. We’ve to respect his resolution. He would not discuss concerning the nationwide workforce; it is a very private interview, and now we have to respect that. I did not see anybody within the nationwide workforce commenting on the matter.
“He talks about his membership and the connection he has with the membership. It has no affect on the nationwide workforce.”
In Group H, Portugal are among the many final nations to start their World Cup and can play Ghana of their opening match of the match on 24 November.