Nani back in Portugal squad for Russia qualifier

27 May 2013 01:17

Manchester United winger Nani is back in the Portugal squad for next month's crucial World Cup qualifier against Russia in Lisbon.

The 26-year-old has suffered a frustrating injury-plagued season and was not part of the squad for the last Group F matches against Israel and Azerbaijan.

The one new face in coach Paulo Bento's group is Sporting Lisbon midfielder Andre Martins.

Portugal, who lost 1-0 in Moscow in a previous qualifier, are desperate for a win on June 7 to keep their direct qualification hopes alive.

Russia have a maximum 12 points from four matches, one more than Portugal and Israel, who have both played two more games.



Beto (Sevilla/ESP), Eduardo (Istanbul BB/TUR), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon)


Bruno Alves (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid/ESP), Sereno (Real Valladolid/ESP), Joao Pereira (Valencia/ESP), Luis Neto (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS), Silvio (Deportivo La Coruna/ESP), Ricardo Costa (Valencia/ESP)


Custodio (Sporting Braga), Joao Moutinho (Porto), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce/TUR), Ruben Amorim (Sporting Braga), Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga), Andre Martins (Sporting Lisbon)


Vieirinha (Wolfsburg/GER), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Danny (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas/TUR), Helder Postiga (Real Zaragoza/ESP), Silvestre Varela (Porto), Nani (Manchester United/ENG), Nelson Oliveira (Deportivo La Coruna/ESP)

Source: AFP

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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