Forward Gabriel Veron absent from FC Porto’s roster, as O JOGO reported last week.
Brazilian footballer Gabriel Veron represents the most significant absence from FC Porto’s roster for the 2023/24 edition of the Champions League, whose group stage begins next week, UEFA announced this Tuesday.
The 21-year-old forward has been recovering from a muscle injury to his right adductor suffered at the end of July and ended up being passed over from coach Sérgio Conceição’s choices, who also gave up goalkeepers Samuel Portugal and Francisco Meixedo.
The starter Diogo Costa and the usual substitute Cláudio Ramos are among the options for the goal, which are completed by the young Gonçalo Ribeiro, registered through the B list.
This selection reserved for players born from January 1, 2002 onwards also includes midfielders Bernardo Folha and Vasco Sousa and winger Francisco Conceição, who is returning to FC Porto, on loan from Dutch side Ajax.
UEFA allows the submission of 25 players to list A, which includes the remaining reinforcements signed during the closed season, such as defender Jorge Sánchez, midfielders Alan Varela and Nico González and forwards Iván Jaime and Fran Navarro, while Diogo Costa, João Mário, Romário Baró and Gonçalo Borges fulfill the quota of athletes trained at the club.
FC Porto, winners in 1986/87 and 2003/04, will begin their 27th appearance in the Champions League, and fourth in a row, with a visit to the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, on September 19, at the Volksparkstadion, in Hamburg , in Germany, in the opening round of Group H, which also includes FC Barcelona and Antwerp.
The first phase of the 69th edition of the main European club competition will run until the 12th and 13th of December and will see the two best classified teams from each pool advance to the round of 16, with the final scheduled for June 1, 2024, at Wembley Stadium , In London.
List A of players registered by FC Porto in the Champions League:
– Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa and Cláudio Ramos.
– Defenses: João Mário, Jorge Sánchez, David Carmo, Fábio Cardoso, Iván Marcano, Pepe, Zaidu and Wendell.
– Midfielders: Marko Grujić, Alan Varela, Stephen Eustáquio, Nico González, Romário Baró, Iván Jaime and André Franco.
– Forwards: Pepê, Galeno, Gonçalo Borges, Danny Namaso, Mehdi Taremi, Toni Martínez, Evanilson and Fran Navarro.