Rangers star Filip Helander could be tasked with stopping one of the all-time greats on Tuesday night as Sweden take on a Portugal side containing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Both players will be hoping to feature in the fixture, after missing out for their respective teams in the opening round of Nations League fixtures at the weekend.
Helander was left on the bench by Janne Andersson in a narrow 1-0 defeat to France, while Ronaldo missed Portugal’s impressive 4-1 win over Croatia due to a toe infection.
TV pundit, Anders Andersson, predicted ahead of the Nations League that with national team skipper Andreas Granqvist out through injury, there could be some rotation in Sweden’s defence.
Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof is likely to be the constant, but he says Pontus Jansson of Brentford and Helander are similarly rated and could play one fixture each [Herald].
Therefore, after watching from the sidelines on Saturday night, the 6ft 4″ Gers star could very well be promoted to the starting XI against Portugal.
Meanwhile, opposition manager Fernando Santos, says Ronaldo is recovering and pushing to feature in Stockholm [Goal.com].
At any time, it would be a tough ask to try to keep a five-time Ballon d’Or winner quiet, but the all-time great will be extra motivated as he eyes a remarkable achievement.
Ronaldo currently sits on 99 international goals from 164 caps, knowing that a strike against the Swedes would see him become part of the exclusive 100 club.
Helander has played his part in four of Rangers’ six Premiership clean sheets so far this season but attempting to shut out a star-studded Portugal side featuring the Juventus star is a different proposition altogether.