Nuno Valente has not played since damaging his left knee in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Latvia on 4 September. The club were keen to investigate the possibility of an operation to cure the problem, but after sending the player to see a specialist in France this week for a second opinion, that option has been ruled out.
Bringing in cover
However, the 30-year-old will remain out of action, and the fact Porto have moved to sign Brazilian left-back Leandro, who will arrive in January, suggests he could be unavailable for some time yet.
Nor is Nuno Valente the only injury worry facing coach Víctor Fernández. Goalkeeper Vítor Baía and midfielders Carlos Alberto and Diego are rated doubtful for Saturday's SuperLiga derby at home to Boavista FC, although forwards Derlei, César Peixoto and Hugo Leal are available again after injury.
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