Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of the Portugal squad for the friendly matches with Saudi Arabia and United States, with Nani and Ricardo Quaresma also missing.
Portugal coach, Fernando Santos suggested it was merely a break for the four-time Ballon d’Or winner as the 63-year old opted for an exuberance of youth.
The Real Madrid superstar has only scored once in La Liga this season, despite bagging six goals in four games in Europe.
Also missing from the 24-man squad include Rui Patricio, Jose Fonte, midfielders William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho and Andres Gomes.
The Euro 2016 winners step up their preparations for Russia 2018 by naming a largely experimental squad which includes Valencia’s on-loan forward Goncalo Guedes, Real Sociedad’s Kevin Rodriguez and Wolves’ Ruben Neves.
Portugal will play Saudi Arabia in Viseu on November 10th followed by the USA on November 14th in Leiria.
Portugal’s 24-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), José Sá (FC Porto)
Defenders: Antunes (Getafe), Edgar Ié (Lille), Kevin Rodrigues (Real Sociedad), João Cancelo (Inter), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona), Pepe (Besiktas), Ricardo Ferreira (SC Braga), Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto)
Midfielders: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Danilo Pereira (FC Porto), João Mário (Inter), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv), Rúben Neves (Wolves)
Forwards: André Silva (Milan), Bruma (RB Leipzig), Eder (Lokomotiv), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Rony Lopes (Monaco)