Cristiano Ronaldo has been omitted from Portugal once again for the upcoming fixtures with Italy and Poland
Portugal manager Fernando Santos had previously left out Ronaldo for the last two international breaks in September and October to allow him to settle in at Juventus.
However, Santos refused to discuss why Ronaldo will not be among them this time and instead wished him luck in winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or.
“The only thing I will say about Ronaldo is that I hope he wins the Ballon d’Or award,” said Santos on Twitter.
“It’s not just about Ronaldo, I have said that nobody is excluded,” said Santos. “It’s not worth creating a big fuss about it.”
The European champions will face Italy next Saturday in the UEFA Nations League before hosting Poland three days later.
Portugal squad for Italy and Poland:
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio, Beto, Claudio Ramos
Defenders: Cedric Soares, Joao Cancelo, Jose Fonte, Luis Neto, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Mario Rui, Raphael Guerreiro
Midfielders: André Gomes, Bruno Fernandes, Danilo Pereira, Joao Mario, Pizzi, Renato Sanches, Ruben Neves, William Carvalho
Forwards: Bernardo Silva, Bruma, Gonçalo Guedes, Rafa, André Silva, Eder