Benfica are facing something of an injury crisis, with Jonas (right foot hematoma), Raúl Jiménez (left knee sprain), Kostas Mitroglou (left thigh strain) and Luka Jović (bruised toe) all unavailable for Friday’s trip to Arouca. Rui Vitória has responded by handing a first call-up to 17-year old forward José Gomes.
The Encarnados also have limited options in central midfield; Guillermo Celis has not been selected, and Danilo has a right leg injury.
On a positive note, André Almeida, Luisão and Jardel are all fit to return to first-team action, and new signing Rafa Silva goes straight into the squad.
Arouca versus Benfica kicks off at 20:30 on Friday at the Estádio Municipal de Arouca.
Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César
Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo
Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi and Cervi
Forwards: Rafa, Gonçalo Guedes and José Gomes