Squad List: Benfica x CSKA Moscow

Rui Vitória has named a 20-man preliminary squad for Tuesday's Champions League curtain-raiser against CSKA Moscow. Jardel (right thigh) and Ljubomir Fejsa (right leg) are both unavailable, while Jonas is not certain to start due to a left knee problem.

João Carvalho replaces Filip Krovinović, who has not been registered for the Champions League. Martin Chrien and Chris Willock are also ineligible. Mile Svilar, Douglas and Diogo Gonçalves have been registered, but were not selected on this occasion.

Tuesday's game at the Estádio da Luz gets underway at 19:45 local time, and will be officiated by Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco.

Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Eliseu, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, João Carvalho and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović

Highlights: Benfica 2 - 1 Portimonense

International Roundup: Six players on the scoresheet

Haris seferović

Despite a number of injury-enforced withdrawals, there were plenty of Benfica stars in international action this week, and no fewer than six got themselves on the scoresheet. Read on to find out how each player fared while representing their country.

Squad List: Benfica x Portimonense

The Benfica squad has been boosted by the addition of new signing Gabriel Barbosa, and the return from injury of Álex Grimaldo and Eduardo Salvio. Jardel is absent due to the right thigh injury he sustained at Rio Ave; the Brazilian defender is replaced by Rúben Dias.

Ljubomir Fejsa remains sidelined by a right leg injury, while Paulo Lopes, Chris Willock, João Carvalho and Diogo Gonçalves have all been dropped. Loan signing Douglas has not been included. 

Friday night's match at the Estádio da Luz kicks off at 21:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Rúben Dias, Eliseu and André Almeida

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Pizzi, Krovinović, Salvio, Cervi, Živković and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa, Seferović and Raúl

Opinion: What Gabriel Barbosa will bring to Benfica

Gabriel Barbosa

Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa arrived at Benfica on transfer deadline day, looking to reignite his career after a disappointing first year in Europe with Inter Milan. The former Santos starlet has joined the Eagles on a season-long loan, and the deal includes a €25 million purchase option. So what should the Benfica fans expect from the player affectionately known as "Gabigol"? We asked South American and Italian football expert Jordan Russell.

International Preview: Injury curse continues to haunt Benfica


Domestic football pauses for another international break this week, and as usual, a raft of Benfica stars have been called up to represent their respective national teams. However, three senior players have already been ruled out due to injury. Read on to find out who will be travelling and who will be staying in Lisbon.

Highlights: Rio Ave 1 - 1 Benfica

Squad List: Rio Ave x Benfica

Rui Vitória has rung the changes for Saturday's visit to in-form Rio Ave. Júlio César, Andrija Zivković and Filip Krovinović return from injury, while Andreas Samaris is back after serving his four-match suspension.

Martin Chrien and Aurélio Buta have both been dropped, with the latter linked with a loan move away from the club. André Almeida has shaken off a knock picked up against former club Belenenses, but Eduardo Salvio has been ruled out with a right knee injury. He joins Álex Grimaldo (right leg), Ljubomir Fejsa (right leg) and Kostas Mitroglou (left thigh) on the sidelines.

Saturday's top-of-the-table clash at the Estádio dos Arcos begins at 20:30 local time.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César, Paulo Lopes and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Eliseu, Jardel and André Almeida

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Krovinović, Pizzi, Willock, Cervi, João Carvalho, Diogo Gonçalves, Živković and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Seferović

Champions League draw yields reunion with Mourinho, Lindelöf and Matić

Victor lindelöf

Benfica’s 2017/18 UEFA Champions League opponents have been revealed after the group stage draw was held in Monaco on Thursday. The Encarnados were drawn in Group A alongside three-time European Cup winners and last season’s Europa League victors Manchester United, Swiss champions FC Basel, and Russian Premier League runners-up CSKA Moscow.

Highlights: Benfica 5 - 0 Belenenses