Ronaldo Out, Quaresma In; Varela Questionable


Quaresma will replace the injured Cristiano Ronaldo for the Seleccao’s upcoming Euro 2012 qualification matches. Portugal will face Cyprus first (at home), then Norway (away), and they will have to do it without their captain. Quaresma, who was one of the three reserves, has been called into action to replace the injured captain. Ronaldo was injured in Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Mallorca in the Spanish League on Sunday and is expected to be out for up to three weeks. Meanwhile, Silvestre Varela was withdrawn from the Porto-Rio Ave game due to an injury. The Porto medical staff says that they’re still assessing the extent of his injury. In the event that he is withdrawn from the squad, Paulo Machado will be his replacement.