Portugal will be without its captain Cristiano Ronaldo for the friendly against Nigeria due to stomach problems.
Portugal will host the Super Eagles in Lisbon as the former European champions prepare for their 2022 World Cup match against Ghana on November 24.
Speaking after training on Wednesday, which Ronaldo was not present at, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said: “Ronaldo has gastritis and he did not train today to recover and rest.”
“It is a condition that does not help much, since it affects the players a lot, they lose a lot of fluid, they weaken. I’m sure he won’t be ready for tomorrow (Thursday’s game).
Asked if Ronaldo really did have a stomach bug or if it was just an excuse after the uproar the player’s explosive interview had generated around the world, Santos laughed and said: “If it was another player, we wouldn’t question it, but Yes”. , he really has gastritis and is not fit to play.”
Portugal sees Nigeria as the ideal opponent to gauge their preparation for their World Cup opening group match against Ghana.