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Portugal breathes easy as Joao Cancelo's heart tests return clear

20. March 2024
Joao Cancelo (foto: Getty Images)
Portuguese football star Joao Cancelo has been cleared to travel to Slovenia for an upcoming friendly match after undergoing crucial heart examinations.

The Barcelona player had sparked concerns over his career's future due to suspected heart issues. However, recent medical tests have allayed fears, confirming that Cancelo's heart is in perfect condition.   

Cancelo missed Barcelona's recent 3-0 victory over Atletico Madrid due to these health concerns. The need for specialized medical evaluations arose from suspicions of a heart problem, which, thankfully, turned out to be unfounded, according to reports from the Portuguese newspaper Abola.   

This medical clearance means that the 29-year-old defender, on loan from Manchester City, will be available for Portugal's match in Ljubljana on Monday. Although Cancelo will sit out Portugal's game against Sweden in Guimaraes, he is among the eight players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, given a break before joining the national team for the Slovenia game.   

Cancelo's availability is a significant boost for both his national team and club. Known for his versatility, defensive prowess, and attacking contributions, Cancelo has been a key player for Barcelona, Manchester City, and Portugal. His health and performance are vital as Portugal prepares for upcoming competitions and seeks to maintain its status as one of the top footballing nations.   

As Portugal gears up for its friendly matches, the team's depth and talent are under the spotlight. With players like Cancelo and Ronaldo joining the squad after a brief respite, Portugal aims to showcase its strength and cohesiveness ahead of more competitive fixtures. These matches provide a valuable opportunity for players to gel and for the coach to fine-tune tactics and strategies.

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