Cristiano Ronaldo To Miss Portugal’s Friendly Against Nigeria As Big Reason Emerges

Cristiano Ronaldo To Miss Portugal’s Friendly Against Nigeria As Big Reason Emerges

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:17 PM
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  • Portugal will be hosting the Super Eagles of Nigeria in international friendly tie on Thursday, 17 November
  • Ahead of the encounter, Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of the game
  • Portugal coach Fernando Santos explained that the former Real Madrid star is having stomach bug

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Portugal's squad for the international friendly encounter against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Thursday, 17 November.

Fernando Santos who is the coach of the Portugal national team confirmed that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is currently having a stomach bug and won't be available for the match.

Ronaldo and his teammates are currently in camp in Portugal where they are training ahead of their campaign at the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Santos and his wards are expected to fly to Qatar in a private flight later this week for the World Cup.

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He made it clear that Ronaldo needs to rest and won't face Nigeria according to the report on Supersport.

Santos' statement about Ronaldo

"He is suffering from gastroenteritis and will not train today for this reason.
"Ronaldo won't be ready to face Nigeria, he's resting, as you know, gastritis takes a lot out of players."

Meanwhile, Napoli striker Victor Osimhen won't also be available for the Super Eagles against Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Joao Cancelo

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how video of Cristiano Ronaldo and an agitated Joao Cancelo at Portugal's training session has generated mixed responses.

It came against the backdrop of Ronaldo conducting an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, that has put him on the warpath with a lot of people.

He seemingly received a cold reaction from his Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes when they reported to the Portugal training camp. The incident has since been clarified as a joking moment between the two, as Joao Mario moved to downplay the incident.

The Cancelo incident can be construed as the Manchester City defender not wanting anything to do with Ronaldo after his interview, and one couldn't be judged for deciphering the video like that.

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