Cristiano Ronaldo: Injury rules Portugal captain out of opening World Cup qualifier

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after being injured in the Euro 2016 final
Cristiano Ronaldo has not played since the Euro 2016 final on 10 July

Captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Portugal's first squad since winning Euro 2016 as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

The Real Madrid forward, 31, has not played since being substituted in the Euro 2016 final against France in July.

Portugal face Gibraltar in a friendly on 1 September before their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign stats against Switzerland in Basel five days later.

Eder, who scored the winner in the Euro 2016 final, is in the 24-man squad.

Manager Fernando Santos has also included Southampton defenders Cedric Soares, 24, and 32-year-old Jose Fonte.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb).

Defenders: Joao Cancelo (Valencia), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), Bruno Alves (Cagliari), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Luis Neto (Zenit St Petersburg), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Eliseu (Benfica).

Midfielders: William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon), Danilo (Porto), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Adrien Silva (Sporting), Andre Gomes (Barcelona), Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Rafa Silva (Braga), Bernardo Silva (Monaco), Nani (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Eder (Lille), Andre Silva (Porto).

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