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Why has Cristiano Ronaldo been left out of Portugal’s squad for Switzerland game?

Portugal captain Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho and Raphael Guerreiro did not travel with the team for the match in Geneva.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 05, 2022 Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo kicks the ball during the UEFA Nations League, league A group2 football match between Portugal and Switzerland in Lisbon. - US district judge, Judge Jennifer Dorsey, in Las Vegas on June 10, 2022, dismissed a rape lawsuit against Ronaldo, castigating the legal team behind the complaint. Dorsey threw out the case brought by Kathryn Mayorga of Nevada, who alleged she was assaulted by the Portuguese soccer star in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)
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Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the Portugal squad for their Nations League meeting with Switzerland on Sunday.

Portugal captain Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho and Raphael Guerreiro did not travel with the team for the match in Geneva.

With his team sitting top of Group A2, Fernando Santos took the chance to grant the Manchester United striker a rest.

Asked about the absences, Santos replied: “They are not because of physical problems – it’s just normal management.

“It wouldn’t make sense to have 26 travelling to Switzerland when only 23 can be in the squad. In the last game we’ve been doing the best management and now it has fallen to these players.”

Neves still fancies Portugal’s chances

Even without Ronaldo, midfielder Ruben Neves has no doubt that Portugal have enough quality to claim a third win of the campaign.

“Obviously, Cristiano is the best player in the world and it’s always good to play with him,” said Neves.

“But I’m sure we’re all prepared to help bring home another three points.”

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