Central missed the game with Gil Vicente (2-1) because of swelling in one of the calves. Time trial for the classic
Pepe is suffering from edema in one of his calves, which is why he missed out, despite being called up and in Sérgio Conceição’s plans for the eleven, the reception of Gil Vicente (2-1). The big question now concerns the captain’s availability for the classic against Benfica, on Friday. Now, clinically, what Pepe has is swelling caused by fluid accumulation and treatments have already started. Yesterday, it was a day off for the squad, but not for the experienced central defender, who was at Olival, like the rest of the injured: Veron, Evanilson, Zaidu, Namaso and Marcano to be seen by the medical department, two dragons.
Captain has already started treatments at Olival to try to be in a position to face Benfica on Friday. A decision should only be made precisely on the day of the meeting.
Presence in the Luz derby, in the next round of the championship, is not ruled out, but this will be a decision that, most likely, will only be taken after the meeting with Benfica. In other words, it is quite possible that Pepe will go to Lisbon with the rest of the team and undergo a final physical condition check a few hours before kick-off.
Expelled in the Super Cup, Pepe missed the first two League games. A starter with Rio Ave, he missed Arouca because of myalgia and would return to action with Estrela and Shakhtar. Now he stopped again
The absence of the 40-year-old central defender in the team and on the game record for Gil Vicente immediately raised a series of questions about the clinical situation. The truth is that there was no official communication and even Conceição’s statements in the flash-interview and, later, in the press room, only helped to deepen the mystery. “At the last minute we were without Pepe. You need to ask the medical department. He had an exam on the day of the game and he’s out. Ask the doctor [Nélson] Puga, that he knows how to answer, because even I didn’t understand very well”, he said, on a day when FC Porto’s clinical manager was not on the bench, due to a family commitment.
As we mentioned, according to what O JOGO found, the problem is the edema that appeared on one of Pepe’s calves and which causes him a lot of pain, to the point of preventing him from training and playing. Until Friday, the defender will be in an authentic time trial to be available for the big game in the seventh round.
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