Real Madrid centre-back Pepe who anchored the Portugal defence in Euro 2016 is an injury concern and seems doubtful to feature in the semi-final clash against Wales on Wednesday.
Pepe has been the first choice for Fernando Santos in all the matches that Portugal have played in their Euro 2016 campaign. The star defender played the entire 120 minutes as Portugal outplayed Poland 5-3 on penalties in the first quarter-final encounter of Euro 2016.
Portugal’s press officer Onofre Costa revealed in a press conference that Pepe is suffering from a muscle pain in his thigh and would train with the rest of the squad on Monday.
‘Pepe has a muscle pain in his thigh and is not going to train today as a precaution,’said Costa.
After Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe has been the most important player in Fernando Santo’s squad and his injury concern comes as huge blow in the build-up to Wednesday’s crucial semi-final encounter against Wales.