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Portugal call up defender Sereno for injured Alves

Updated: Oct 07, 2013, 17:47 PM IST

Lisbon: Portugal have called up centre back Sereno to replace the injured Bruno Alves for the World Cup Group F qualifying matches against Israel on Friday and Luxembourg four days later.

Sereno plays for Turkish top-flight club Kayserispor and won his first international cap in June.

The Portuguese Football Federation confirmed the withdrawal of experienced Fenerbahce defender Alves in a statement but did not disclose his injury.

Portugal are second in the table, one point behind leaders Russia and five ahead of Israel. Luxembourg are second from bottom.

Reuters