The National Team returns to the pitch this Saturday, with a friendly game against Qatar, the country responsible for organizing the national team competition, in order to prepare the return to the journey to qualify for the World Cup.
This match takes place at a time when the squad of the team is somewhat unstable and with some changes, compared to the squad against Hungary.
After the winger Rafa Silva (Benfica) and central defense Domingos Duarte (Granada) were released from the National Team, which forced the coach Fernando Santos to call up José Fonte (Lille), Francisco Trincão (Wolverhampton) and Rafael Leão (AC Milan ), this Wednesday, were forced to make new changes in the call, with Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund) and Trincão being forced to leave the group.
The Dortmund player is injured, while the Wolves winger tested positive for the coronavirus. To make up for the absence of the left-back, Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton) was called up by Fernando Santos, no one was announced to replace Trincão.
In addition to these absences in the squad, forward Diogo Jota (Liverpool) and midfielder Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton) are also in doubt for the match, having even missed training on Thursday, as well as Nélson Semedo, but who, meanwhile, has already been reinstated in the National Team.
Despite the complications in the squad, a team led by Fernando Santos will take the field this Saturday, where they will face Qatar, at 20:15, having an opportunity to debut in the Selection A players like goalkeeper Diogo Costa (FC Porto), midfielder Matheus Nunes (Sporting), naturalized in Brazil, and forward Rafael Leão.
Back in the squad are defender Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) and midfielder William Carvalho (Bétis).
Three days after this particular, Portugal will face Luxembourg, at 19:45, this match already counting for Group A qualifying for the Mundial2022, with both matches taking place at the Estádio Algarve.
At the moment, Portugal leads the qualifying group for next year’s World Cup, with 13 points, two more than Serbia (11), in second place, and seven more against Luxembourg (six), which is third, with one game less, ahead of the Republic of Ireland (two) and Azerbaijan (one).
The group stage of the European qualification for the Mundial2022 ends in November and the winners of the 10 groups will qualify directly for the final phase, while the runners up for the ‘play-offs’.
The final phase of the 2022 World Cup takes place in Qatar between 21 November and 18 December 2022.