Portugal will be without veteran centre-back Pepe as they aim to lift the first ever Nations League title on home soil on Sunday.

Pepe, Nations League
Portugal’s Pepe out of Nations League final

The Porto defender fractured a shoulder blade as Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick secured a 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland on Wednesday.

Portugal will face England or the Netherlands in the final.

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“The player suffered a fractured shoulder blade during the Portugal-Switzerland match,” said the Portuguese Federation on Thursday.

“The player has been ruled out for the national team.”

The 36-year-old picked up the injury after falling awkwardly as he attacked a corner just after the hour mark.

Lille’s Jose Fonte replaced Pepe on the night and is expected to take his place for the final.

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