Besiktas vs Porto Preview

Besiktas vs Porto Preview


Besiktas winger Ricardo Quaresma will miss out on the chance to play against his former club Porto in Istanbul.

Portugal winger Quaresma spent five seasons at the Estadio do Dragao, but injury will prevent him from lining up against his former club for the first time since he left for Inter Milan in a big-money move two seasons ago.
The 27-year-old has been unable to find his best form since leaving Portugal and after failing to pin down a regular first-team place in Milan, moved to Besiktas at the start of the season to try to revive his career under former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster.
But after an injury-riddled start to life at Besiktas, Quaresma had hoped to be fit to meet his former club, in what is a meeting between the top two in the group.
Instead he has now targeted an emotional return to the Dragao in a fortnight's time.
"I hope I will be recovered and able to play in the match at the Dragao," he said.
"If I score against Porto then, I will not celebrate.
"It is a club I love and respect very much. The best times I had as a player were in the city."
Quaresma's absence is a blow for Schuster who will also be without influential playmaker Guti.
Besiktas are currently level with Porto at the top of the group after both sides won their opening two fixtures.
The Turkish side have, however, struggled without their key men in recent weeks, losing their past two league matches against Manisaspor and Trabzonspor.
By contrast Porto are flying in the Portuguese Liga.
Andre Villas Boas' side won their opening six league matches before dropping their first points in a 1-1 draw at Guimaraes before the international break.
That was Porto's last competitive fixture and they have been aided by the break with seven players set to return for the trip to Istanbul.
Goalkeeper Helton as well as Alvaro Pereira, Joao Moutinho, Cristian Rodriguez, Jorge Fucile, Rolando and Fernando are all fit to play and leave Boas with a full compliment to chose from.


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