Portugal National Team Loses Defender Pepe Ahead of Face Turkey National Team


The Portuguese National Team (Timnas) will not be strengthened by several important players during the semi-finals play-off 2022 World Cup against Turkey in the international break, Friday (25/3) early morning WIB.

Selecao lost senior defender Pepe who tested positive for Covid-19 in early March 2022, while his tandem at the back, namely Ruben Dias, suffered an injury.

“Pepe has tested positive for Covid-19 and will undergo the scheduled series of isolation. Fernando Santos, the National Coach, (has) summoned Tiago Djalo, the Lille defender, who has played for the U-21 national team,” the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said in an official statement. .

In addition to the two names, Renato Sanches and Joao Cancelo are reportedly absent due to receiving card suspensions. Meanwhile, Ruben Neves and Nelson Semedo are reportedly still recovering from injuries.

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Portugal must live play-off after finishing in second place in Group A of the 2022 World Cup European Zone qualifiers. They lost in points to the Serbian national team who immediately got a ticket to the 2022 World Cup.

The World Cup will likely be the last stage for captain Cristiano Ronaldo, and failing to qualify for the finals will be painful for him. (Mal/Goal/OL-09)