Sporting today flew out to Angola in preparation for Thursday’s friendly game against Angola.
With Rui Patrício, João Pereira (Portugal), Matías Fernández (Chile), Elias (Brazil), Stijn Schaars (Holland) and André Martins (Portugal U-21) from the senior squad all on international duty they will miss the game.
Ânderson Polga, Alberto Rodríguez, Emiliano Insúa, Jeffrén Suárez, and Oguchi Onyewu don’t travel as they recover from their injuries hopefully in time for the Taça de Portugal game with Braga. Fabián Rinaudo and Marat Izmailov are the squad’s two long-term injuries.
The squad also features several juniors but some of those players are with the Portugal-U19 squad. Rafael Veloso, João Mário, Tiago Ilori João Carlos, Bruma, Betinho, and Ricardo Esgaio all feature for Edgar Borges’s squad as they take on the Hungary U-19 team in the UEFA U-19 Championship qualifying rounds.
The full list of players traveling –
Goalkeepers: Tiago Ferreira, Marcelo
Defenders: Evaldo Fabiano, Santiago Arias, Daniel Carriço, Bruno Pereirinha, Rúben Semedo, Rodolfo Simões, Edgar Ié
Midfielders: André Santos, Filipe Chaby, Farley Rosa, Luís Cortez, Diego Capel, André Carrillo
Forwards: Valeri Bojinov, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Rubio, Iuri Medeiros
Later today the team will attend a ceremony in tribute to Agostinho Neto – who was the first President of Angola and a huge figure in the country’s independence.
The game will be played on Thursday at 19:00 Lisbon time.