Before arriving at the Portuguese Round however, Guintoli underwent surgery last week to remove a screw from the plates used to repair the tibia and fibula smashed in an early-season crash at Donington.
"The operation is good because it means I can put more pressure on my leg and that should help the healing process. It's still not completely joined but it will be by next year. Over winter I'll have the rest of the screws out and everything will be good," declared Guintoli.
Barring complications the French rider should take part not only in the race but also in the two days of testing scheduled for the Portimao track on Tuesday and Wednesday.