Nani out, Vieirinha in for Portugal WCup games
Nani’s hamstring injury has opened the door for Adelino Freitas,
better known as Vieirinha, to earn his first call-up for Portugal
as the Euro 2012 semifinalist tries to get its World Cup qualifying
campaign back on track.
The 27-year-old Wolfsburg winger was selected Thursday in the
Portuguese squad to play Israel on March 22 and Azerbaijan four
Coach Paulo Bento also recalled Benfica midfielder Carlos
Martins and Olympiakos striker Paulo Machado. FC Porto midfielder
Joao Moutinho was selected despite his bruised thigh.
Portugal is joint second with Israel in Group F, five points
behind leader Russia after four games. It has two wins, a draw and
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Eduardo (Istanbul
BB), Beto (Sevilla).
Defenders: Joao Pereira (Valencia), Bruno Alves (Zenit St.
Petersburg), Henrique Sereno (Valladolid), Luis Neto (Zenit St.
Petersburg), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Silvio (Deportivo La
Coruna), Pepe (Real Madrid).
Midfielders: Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Carlos Custodio
(Braga), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Joao Moutinho (FC Porto).
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Silvestre Varela (FC
Porto), Helder Postiga (Real Zaragoza), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas),
Danny (Zenit St. Petersburg), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Pizzi
(Deportivo la Coruna), Paulo Machado (Olympiakos).