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injury worries Bernardo Silva a major doubt as Portugal insist they won’t play for a draw


Portugal's Manchester City star Bernardo Silva: Injury scare

Portugal's Manchester City star Bernardo Silva: Injury scare

Portugal's Manchester City star Bernardo Silva: Injury scare

Portugal say they have no plans to play for a draw against Stephen Kenny’s Ireland in Dublin tomorrow night as the close in on automatic qualification for Qatar 2022.

But the Euro 2016 champions have an injury worry over Manchester City man Bernardo Silva for the game against Ireland after he sat out their training session in Lisbon.

A draw in Dublin would see Portugal go level on points with Serbia, but with a superior goal difference, ahead of the group decider between the top two in Lisbon on Sunday. And Portugal, despite having six players, including key men Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Diogo Jota on one booking away from a ban, plan to give it their all in Dublin at a sold-out Aviva Stadium.

“We have two finals, and the finals are for winning. We are not playing for a draw. We are Portugal,” says AC Milan’s Rafael Leão. “Ireland are a strong and competitive team but we are going to win. We are Portugal and we respect the opponent but it is important to win the three points to be in first place in the group.”

City star Silva missed yesterday’s training session at Portugal’s HQ in Lisbon, complaining of a muscle injury, but will fly to Dublin today.
Ireland defender Andrew Omobamidele says the home side will draw on the positives from their display away to Portugal before Cristiano Ronaldo’s two late goals won the day in Faro.

There was just disappointment. But there are a lot of positives we can take from that game in that we held them up for that long. It was just those three minutes of football that can change a game,” he said.

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