Despite a strong start to the season, Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi is struggling to break in the Porto first team, as coach Julen Loptegui now prefers an entirely Brazilian back line.

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STAFFThe 23-year-old made the move from Feyenoord to the country he was born in for €7.7 Million after a fine showing at the World Cup last summer; however, he seems to have lost his place in the starting eleven and will be on the bench for the second leg Champion’s League tie against Basel on Tuesday night.

The defender has only seen 10 minutes of action in the past month; and with Guus Hiddink’s first selection of the year coming imminently, the young defender who not too long ago was a regular in representing his country, may not even be on the list.

Martins Indi featured in Hiddink’s first selection, however, he has not played since his crucial mistake gave Italy a two goal lead and sent the Netherland’s down to ten-men in the first ten minutes of the coaches first game in charge. It is more likely the elftaal will feature in-form, attack minded PSV youngster Jetro Willems for the upcoming fixtures against Turkey and Spain.

Martins Indi will be hoping his luck turns around quickly or he may find himself out of contention at club and country.

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