“We would need to find alternative systems [tactics] in order to minimise losing Bruno. There is no player in Portugal that can replace him.”
For now, Silas expects to have Fernandes available for the visit of Benfica this evening and is likely to deploy his star man as part of a three-man midfield.
Wendel and Rodrigo Battaglia started last time out in the 3-1 win over Setubal, during which Fernandes scored twice.
However, Idrissa Doumbia is also in contention for a midfield spot and could come into the starting XI.