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Monaco's Moutinho out of Portugal squad for Euro qualifier

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Pin Monacos midfielder Joao Moutinho, pictured on May 10, 2015, will not play for Portugal due to an ankle injury
Monacos midfielder Joao Moutinho, pictured on May 10, 2015, will not play for Portugal due to an ankle injury

Monaco's Moutinho out of Portugal squad for Euro qualifier

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Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho has withdrawn from the Portugal squad for a friendly against France and a Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania next week, the Portuguese Football Federation announced on Monday.

Moutinho was named in the original 24-man squad announced on Friday but was already highly doubtful because of an ankle injury. He will not be replaced in the squad.

Led by Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese squad sees the return of Real Madrid defender Pepe and left back Raphaël Guerreiro, who replaces Fabio Coentrao, who has just signed for Monaco.

In the absence of suspended midfielder Tiago and injured William Carvalho, Portugal have called up Joao Mario and Miguel Veloso.

Portugal host France in a friendly on September 4 in Lisbon and are in Albania on September 7 for their Euro 2016 qualifier.


Squad

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA), Beto (FC Sevilla/ESP)

Defenders: Pepe (Real Madrid/ESP), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco/FRA), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe/TUR), José Fonte (Southampton/ENG), Cédric (Southampton/ENG), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg/GER), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient/FRA)

Midfielders: Joao Mario (Sporting), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Danilo (FC Porto), Adrien Silva (Sporting), André André (FC Porto), Bernardo Silva (Monaco/FRA)

Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Danny (Zenit St-Pétersburg/RUS), Éder (Swansea/ENG), Nani (Fenerbahce/TUR), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/TUR), Silvestre Varela (FC Porto)

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