Manchester United signing Cristiano Ronaldo has been released from Portugal's World Cup qualifying squad.
Ronaldo's booking against Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night means he is suspended for Portugal's next World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan on Tuesday, so coach Fernando Santos has decided not to play his captain in Saturday's friendly away to Qatar.
United's £19.6million signing can now accelerate his move back to Manchester, although he will still need to have a work permit and visa in place before entering the UK, says the Daily Mail.
Ronaldo was booked for ripping off his shirt after scoring the second of two late goals as Portugal came from behind to beat Ireland in Faro.
His equaliser in the 89th minute was his 110th for Portugal as he became the highest-scoring man in the history of international football. Number 111 followed in the 96th minute to snatch victory for Santos' side and break Irish hearts.