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Ronaldo Still Missing for Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo will not play any part in Portugal’s remaining UEFA Nations League fixtures later this month as coach Fernando Santos omitted him and recalled four players for the game away to Italy and at home to Poland.
Juventus talisman Ronaldo has not appeared at international level since the World Cup, with the national coach granting him an extended leave of absence.
Reports suggested he could return to face Italy and Poland, but Santos has honoured the joint decision not to consider the forward until 2019.
PORTUGAL SQUAD IN FULL:
Goalkeepers: Beto (Goztepe), Claudio Ramos (Tondela), Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Defenders: Cedric Soares (Southampton), Joao Cancelo (Juventus), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Luis Neto (Zenit St. Petersburg), Mario Rui (Napoli), Jose Fonte (Lille), Pepe (Besiktas), Ruben Dias (Benfica).
Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Danilo Pereira (Porto), Andre Gomes (Everton), Pizzi (Benfica), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joao Mario (Inter), William Carvalho (Real Betis).
Forwards: Andre Silva (Sevilla), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruma (RB Leipzig), Eder (Lokomotiv Moscow), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Rafa Silva (SL Benfica).