Portugal central defender Pepe will miss their opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers after picking up an injury playing for his club Porto.

Pepe, 38, limped off midway through the first half in second-placed Porto's 2-1 Primeira Liga win at Portimonense on Saturday which kept them 10 points behind Sporting Lisbon. The latter's Luis Neto has been called up as a replacement. 

Portugal, who are in the Republic of Ireland's qualifying group begin their quest to make Qatar next year with a 'home' game against Azerbaijan in Turin on Wednesday next, before they visit Serbia on Saturday. Three day later, the European champions will travel to Luxembourg.

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