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Jose Sa makes Portugal squad after all as injured Anthony Lopes pulls out

Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa has received a call-up to the Portugal national team, with Anthony Lopes dropping out with injury.

The Lyon man has been deemed unfit to play for his country and has had to leave the camp.

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He is one of several players to have left, with Tiago Djaló, Pepe and Ruben Neves all out too.

Fernando Santos had already been without the likes of Ruben Dias, Renato Sanches and Nelson Semedo.

It is not the most ideal situation, with Portugal having a huge match this week against Turkey in their World Cup player-off semi-final.

Should they be victorious, they will meet either Italy or North Macedonia in the final.

It remains to be seen if Sa will finally earn his first cap for his country.

The 29-year-old has been called up to the squad in the past, but is still yet to actually play.

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The original decision from Santos to leave Sa out was slammed by many fans on social media.

Wolves have enjoyed a good first season under Bruno Lage. And Sa has been a major reason for the team sitting as high up in the table as they are.

The former Olympiacos ace has showcased a fantastic all-round game. And it is widely accepted at Molineux now that he is an upgrade on Rui Patricio, who left the club a couple of days before Sa arrived.

Ironically, Sa being called into the squad comes after his worst performance of the season against Leeds United on Friday.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher praised him heavily before the game, but was shocked to see his goalkeeping on the Whites’ second goal in particular.

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It is good to see Sa now being called into the squad.

There is no doubt he really should have been named in there the first time.

But Sa is back in the picture now, and hopefully he will manage to actually play over the international break.

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It might be wishful thinking though, with Santos still very much a fan of former Molineux stopper Patricio.

Given the magnitude of the upcoming game/s, it might be that Santos is reluctant to hand someone a debut.

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