Sporting Lisbon will be without influential winger Nani for Wednesday night’s crunch Champions League fixture against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The on-loan Manchester United star, who has been in scintillating form since rejoining his former club, will not travel to London after sustaining an injury during Friday night’s 3-1 win over Boavista, according to MaisFutebol.
Nani was replaced by André Carrillo in the 31st minute and will be unable to feature in arguably Sporting’s biggest match of the season so far this week.
Blow for Sporting
It’s a blow for Sporting manager Marco Silva, whose team will progress to the Champions League knockout rounds if they avoid defeat against Jose Mourinho’s star-studded side.
However, should they lose then Schalke, managed by ex-Blues’ boss Roberto di Matteo, will advance to the latter stages of Europe’s premier club competition - provided they beat Maribor.
Nani rebuilding reputation
Nani has been one of the stars of this year’s Champions League campaign, having scored four goals in his five appearances - the same number as Real Madrid superstar, and Portugal teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, it was revealed last week that Nani will receive Sporting’s coveted Footballer of the Year award later this month, despite the fact he only arrived at the Estádio José Alvalade in August.
The 28-year-old, who currently earns £120,000-a-week and will return to Manchester United at the end of the season, has scored seven goals in 14 appearances for the Portuguese outfit.