Real Madrid defender Pepe has returned to his club due to muscular problems ahead of Portugal’s friendly with Cape Verde on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old missed his country’s win over Serbia at the weekend with a bruised right thigh suffered in El Clasico with Barcelona on March 22 and will receive treatment in the Spanish capital in a race to be fit for Sundays midday kick-off against Granada.

All the players who played in the victory over Serbia have been excused from the friendly clash with Cape Verde, which is being held at the Estadio do Antonio Mota Coimbra in Estoril to raise funds to help in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption on the island.

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