Juventus midfielder Tiago will fill the shoes of Deco in Portugal's starting XI against North Korea, according to reports in Portugal.
The Chelsea playmaker will sit out of the Seleccao's second group match following a hip injury sustained in Friday's training session.
Tiago, who replaced the Brazilian-born in the second half of the encounter against Ivory Coast last week, will now be given the nod to start for Portugal as they look to distance themselves from the Elephants in Group G.
That should not be the only change to Portugal's starting XI, though, as Carlos Queiroz is expected to replace Paulo Ferreira and Danny with Miguel and Simao Sabrosa, respectively.
Probable Portugal Line-up: Eduardo, Miguel, Ricardo Carvalho, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Pedro Mendes, Tiago, Raul Meireles, Simao Sabrosa, Cristiano Ronaldo, Liedson.
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