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Why Man Utd star Diogo Dalot has pulled out of Portugal’s worldwide squad Specific Occasions

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The complete-back withdrew resulting from ‘private causes’ (Image: Getty Photos)

Diogo Dalot is not an injury concern for Manchester United with the full-back having left the Portugal international squad because his partner is expecting a child.

The Red Devils have a horde of injuries to contend with in their back-line, with the likes of Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia all sidelined.

Reports that Dalot had withdrawn from Portugal’s squad for games against Liechtenstein and Iceland had United fans fearing yet another defender had picked up a problem.

But, fortunately, the 24-year-old is fit and would normally be available for selection, but he asked manager Roberto Martinez if he could withdraw from the squad as his girlfriend is expected to give birth imminently.

A statement from the Portuguese football association said: ‘Joao Mario will make his debut in the national team after being called up this afternoon to replace Diogo Dalot.

‘The Manchester United defender was released from the national team squad for personal reasons after speaking with national coach Roberto Martinez.’

Fabrizio Romano has now confirmed that Dalot is anticipating his first little one within the subsequent few days and requested to withdraw from the squad.

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot

Dalot has performed effectively this season in his 17 outings (Image: Getty)

He ought to be match and accessible to proceed taking part in for United after the worldwide break, with the Pink Devils subsequent in motion towards Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday 26 November.

Sadly for United, their damage checklist has grown even longer following their 1-0 win over Luton with each Christian Eriksen and Rasmus Hojlund sidelined.

United released a statement on Monday evening confirming that Eriksen had suffered a knee injury and would be out for around a month, while Hojlund has a muscle strain and faces a race to get back before the end of this month.

Erik ten Hag’s side have a very difficult run of games after the international break, with the trip to Everton followed by a must-win Champions League tie away at Galatasaray.

After that, United then travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle before hosting Chelsea and Bournemouth, and then have another massive European night against Bayern Munich.

In addition to their injury crisis at the back, United are also without midfielder Casemiro – who will not return until the new year – while Sofyan Amrabat has struggled for form and fitness.


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