Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Portugal’s only warm-up friendly before the start of the World Cup due to a stomach bug.
Portugal face Nigeria in Lisbon on Thursday night before heading out to Qatar, with the squad having gathered at the national team facilities earlier in the week.
Ronaldo trained on Monday and Tuesday as normal but was then absent on Wednesday.
“Ronaldo has a gastritis and did not train today in order to recover and rest,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said after the session. “It’s a condition that doesn’t help much, as it affects the players a lot, they lose a…