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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo: Injury rules Portugal captain out of opening World Cup qualifier

Posted by Anup Baral August 27th, 2016 : Cristiano Ronaldo: Injury rules Portugal captain out of opening World Cup qualifier Captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Portugal's first squad since winning Euro 2016 as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. The Real Madrid forward, 31, has not played since being substituted in the Euro 2016 final against France in July.
Portugal face Gibraltar in a friendly on 1 September before their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign stats against Switzerland in Basel five days later. Eder, who scored the winner in the Euro 2016 final, is in the 24-man squad. Manager Fernando Santos has also included Southampton defenders Cedric Soares, 24, and 32-year-old Jose Fonte. BBC

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