Cristiano Ronaldo missed a training session with Portugal because of a stomach bug that will rule him out of a World Cup warm-up match against Nigeria, the team said Wednesday.
Portugal is scheduled to play against Nigeria in Lisbon on Thursday before flying to Qatar, and coach Fernando Santos said Ronaldo will not feature in the game.
The Manchester United forward was forced to sit out Wednesday night’s training session.
Ronaldo has made headlines this week due to his explosive interview with Piers Morgan, but he is currently in Qatar with the rest of the Portugal national team ahead of the World Cup, which is due to start on Sunday.
Portugal’s opening group game at the World Cup is against Ghana on Nov. 24. South Korea and Uruguay are also in the group.