Portugal lose injured Pepe for WC qualifiers

23 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Portugal lose injured Pepe for WC qualifiers

Pepe has withdrawn from Portugal’s first three upcoming World Cup qualifiers after suffering an injury in a league match for Porto, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said, reports AFP. Sporting defender Luis Neto will take Pepe’s place in coach Fernando Santos’ squad, the FPF said in a statement on Sunday evening. The 38-year-old defender picked up a “muscle injury in his right leg” in a 2-1 league win at Portimonense on Saturday, Porto said. Portugal will begin their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign for Qatar against Azerbaijan in Turin on Wednesday.


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