Portugal are hopeful that Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for this weekend’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Hungary.
The winger sat out Real Madrid’s 2-1 defeat at Sevilla on Sunday with a sprained ankle but Portugal are desperate to have him available for Saturday’s game.
Carlos Queiroz’s side find themselves five points behind group leaders Denmark and two points behind Sweden, who occupy that play-off spot, with just two games remaining.
“We are optimistic with his sprain,” Portugal physio Henrique Jones told AS.
“We believe he will be fit for Saturday, but on Wednesday or Thursday he will undergo an ultrasound to gauge his progress.”
Hungary are level on points with the Portuguese going into the match but lost 1-0 on home soil to Portugal last time out in September.
Portugal will then host bottom of the table Malta on Wednesday as they look to secure an unlikely World Cup spot.