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FIFA World Cup – Portugal has only bad news | Playon99 News



Pepe has coronavirus and will not be able to play in the first match against Turkey. Portugal is playing for the ticket to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and will not be able to count on its captain and reference in the dressing room.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo will put all their chances of participating in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at stake in next Friday’s match against Turkey, but they will have a huge loss: Pepe will not be able to play.

The historic defender former Real Madrid and current Porto of his country tested positive for coronavirus and will not even be able to be in contact with his teammates of the national team of Portugal in the face of an important definition.

Portugal will face Turkey in the early hours of Friday morning and that match will determine whether they will play for a place in the FIFA World Cup against the winner of the match between Italy and North Macedonia.

If the Portuguese manage to advance to the next round, Pepe will not be able to be in the definitive match to go to Qatar 2022, although in the meantime he was replaced by Tiago Djaló, a player of Lille in France’s Ligue 1.

In case of passing the phase against Turkey, Portugal will have to define the quota, also at home, on March 29, and coach Fernando Santos still hopes that Pepe is already recovered from the coronavirus.

Pepe is not the only one out, as Rúben Dias, a regular starter in the defense and key player at Manchester City, is also injured, while Rúben Neves, a key player in his national team and at Wolverhampton in the Premier League, has physical problems.

Pepe, 39, a Brazilian by birth, has 123 caps for Portugal, played for Real Madrid and returned to Porto, where he was Champions League champion in 2004, and is an important loss for Portugal because he is captain and a pillar in the dressing room.

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