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Pizzi replaces injured Nani in Portugal squad

Benfica forward Pizzi will replace Nani in Portugal’s 24-man squad for the World Cup qualifier home to Andorra on Friday, the Portuguese Football Federation said.

Nani, 29, who played a starring role in Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph in France, has a muscle strain in his right leg but the Valencia winger should be fit for the qualifier away at the Faroe Islands on Monday.

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“According to an evaluation by the Portuguese Football Federation’s health department, Nani is not fit for the match against Andorra,” the federation said in a statement.

Portugal began their qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 with a 2-0 loss away to Switzerland on September 6.


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