Otávio ruled out of Euro 2024; Matheus Nunes called up as replacement

Al Nassr midfielder Otávio will miss the upcoming 2024 European Championship due to a muscle tear he sustained in his final club game of the season. The 29-year-old, who has 20 caps for Portugal, will be unable to participate in the tournament.

Replacing him is Matheus Nunes, another Brazilian-born midfielder. Nunes, known for his ball-carrying ability, brings a different skillset to the Portuguese midfield. Despite not being initially included in the squad, his inclusion as a replacement has surprised many.

Nunes, who opted to represent Portugal in 2021 instead of his native Brazil, has already made 12 appearances for the Seleção. His addition to the team adds depth and versatility to the midfield as they prepare for the European Championship.

With Otávio’s absence and Nunes’ call-up, the Portuguese national team faces a shift in their midfield dynamics. The upcoming tournament will test Nunes’ capabilities on the international stage and provide him with an opportunity to make an impact for his country.

As Portugal readies itself for the Euro 2024, the unexpected turn of events with Otávio’s injury and Nunes’ inclusion highlights the unpredictable nature of football and the importance of depth in a national team squad. Fans will be eager to see how Nunes adapts to this new challenge and contributes to Portugal’s campaign in the championship.