MANCHESTER UNITED star Diogo Dalot has been forced to quit Portugal’s latest squad due to “personal reasons.”
The Red Devils defender was called up by Roberto Martinez for upcoming Euro qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Iceland.Man Utd star Diogo Dalot has pulled out of the latest Portugal squad for ‘personal reasons’[/caption]
Dalot, 24, has been in good form for United this season, playing 16 times in all competitions under Erik ten Hag.
And having become a regular for Martinez at international level, he was expected to start in both of Portugal’s crunch games.
However, Dalot will be playing no part in either game for his country.
The versatile right-back has pulled out of the latest training camp.
And Dalot’s reasons for quitting are “personal”, with Porto’s Joao Mario replacing him.
A statement read: “Joao Mario will make his debut in a National Team call-up after being called up this afternoon to replace Diogo Dalot.
“The Manchester United defender was released from the national team’s work for personal reasons and after communication with the National Coach, Roberto Martinez.
“Joao Mario, FC Porto player, has 42 caps for national teams, including 15 at under-21 level.”