Portugal’s Nani ruled out of Faroe Islands clash

epa05227064 Portuguese national soccer team player Nani performs during his team's training session at the Restelo stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, 23 March 2016. Portugal will face Bulgaria in an international friendly soccer match on 25 March 2016. EPA/TIAGO PETINGA
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LISBON: Valencia forward Nani has been ruled out of Portugal’s World Cup qualifier away against the Faroe Islands on Monday due to injury, the Portuguese Football Federation said.

Nani, 29, who played a starring role in Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph, already missed Portugal’s 6-0 defeat of Andorra at home on Friday because of a muscle strain in his right leg.

According to an evaluation by the Portuguese Football Federation’s health department, the player “is not fit for the match on Monday” and would not travel to the Faroe Islands.

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

They are third in Group B, a point behind minnows Faroe Islands and three back from leaders Switzerland.