Cristiano Ronaldo will not play in Portugal’s World Cup warm-up game against Nigeria on Thursday because of illness, according to head coach Fernando Santos.
Speaking at a press conference, Santos said: “Ronaldo has gastritis and did not train today in order to recover and rest. It’s a condition that doesn’t help much as it affects the players a lot. They lose a lot of liquid, they weaken. He won’t be ready for tomorrow, for sure.”
Portugal begin their World Cup campaign against Ghana on Nov. 24, before also taking on Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.