URUGUAY SQUAD ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Vice-captain Luis Suarez will be integral to any success that Uruguay will have.
We've hit September at last, and the club football season in Europe's top leagues is well under way. On the international stage, however, World Cup Qualifying is already well under way. The Uruguayans have already qualified for the upcoming tournament in Brazil, but will hope to take maximum points from their final four games to ensure they are a seeded team in the group draw.
The first two of these final four matches will be played during this September international break; La Celeste will first travel to Lima to take on Peru before returning home to Montevideo to play Venezuela.
Marcelo Bielsa's squad selection won't be quite as difficult as last time, with a number of players once again fit and ready to play for the national side. However, there are still a couple of injuries with Porto fullback Jorge Fucile set to miss out with a groin strain while Atletico Paraneanse Lucas Olaza withdrew himself with a serious virus.
To replace them, Miguel Britos has been called up to the squad. The central defender, who plies his trade at Napoli in Serie A, could make his first ever cap for his country in the upcoming matches at the surprising age of already 28 years old.
Arevalo Rios did make the squad, but he is racing against the clock to recover from a sprained ankle in time to play, at least in the second match against Venezuela. Without him, Alvaro Gonzalez is expected to slide into central midfield alongside Walter Gargano, both Serie A regulars.
The full squad is as follows: