Benfica have taken 21 players to Russia ahead of their Champions League round of 16 tie with Zenit. The major absentees are Júlio César (ruptured adductor tendon), Luisão (broken arm), Lisandro López (lower back pain), Jardel and André Almeida (both suspended).
Victor Lindelöf is the only senior centre-back in the squad, meaning that Ljubomir Fejsa or Andreas Samaris could start in defence. Álex Grimaldo returns after a bout of flu. 21-year old goalkeeper Miguel Santos and 18-year old defender Rúben Dias have been promoted from Benfica’s B team, but are unlikely to feature.
Goalkeepers: Ederson, Paulo Lopes and Miguel Santos.
Defenders: Grimaldo, Lindelof, Eliseu, Sílvio, Nélson Semedo and Rúben Dias.
Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Gaitán, Salvio, Gonçalo Guedes, Pizzi, Talisca, Carcela and Renato Sanches.
Forwards: Raúl, Mitroglou and Jonas.
Benfica start with a narrow 1-0 lead from the first leg. The game begins at 17:00 on Wednesday, at the 21,000-seater Petrovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.