The Juventus forward missed out against Croatia on Saturday, though his team-mates didn’t have much trouble in his absence.
Cristiano Ronaldo remains a doubt for Portugal ‘s next Nations League game against Sweden on Tuesday after missing Saturday’s 4-1 win over Croatia with an infected toe.
Santos revealed the nature of Ronaldo’s problem in his media conference ahead of the Croatia clash, confirming the infection was thought to have been caused by a bee sting.
The Nations League’s defending champions will hope to build on this win by beating Sweden next week, and they could yet call upon Ronaldo, though Santos insisted that he was not resting the Juventus star.
“I wasn’t resting him. If he was in good shape, he would have been [in the starting XI] able to play the game,”.
“Today he trained, feels better and, at the moment, he will travel to Sweden. Then we’ll see.
“There is no injury, but he has to recover from that infection.”