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Saturday, August 17, 2019, 12:41
Suarez named in Uruguay squad despite injury
By Xinhua
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 12:41 By Xinhua

FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez controls the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, northern Spain, Aug 16, 2019. (ION ALCOBA BEITIA / AP)

MONTEVIDEO — Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has been included in Uruguay's squad for friendlies against Costa Rica and the United States next month despite a leg muscle injury.

Suarez was forced off during the first half of Barcelona's 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in their La Liga opener on Friday with an apparent right calf problem.

The extent of the 32-year-old's condition is still unknown and he could be omitted from Oscar Tabarez's 24-man squad in the coming days, pending the results of medical scans.

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As expected the squad also includes Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, Inter Milan defender Diego Godin and Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Betancur.

Among the surprises was the inclusion of uncapped 19-year-old winger Brian Rodriguez, who joined Los Angeles FC from Uruguay's Penarol this month. Veteran defender Martin Caceres was also named despite still looking for a new club following his departure from Juventus in June.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates after defeating Chile 1-0 with his header in their Copa America football tournament group match at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 24, 2019. (CARL DE SOUZA / AFP)

Uruguay will meet Costa Rica in San Jose on September 6 and the United States in St Louis four days later.

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Following is the Uruguay squad:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray) and Martin Campana (Independiente).

Defenders: Diego Godin (Inter Milan), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon), Martin Caceres, Mathias Suarez (Montpellier) Gaston Silva (Independiente) and Marcelo Saracchi (Leipzig).

Midfielders: Diego Laxalt (Milan Milan), Naithan Nandez (Cagliari), Lucas Torreira (Arsenal), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Flamengo) and Brian Lozano (Santos Laguna).

Forwards: Brian Rodriguez (Los Angeles FC), Jonathan Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Maximiliano Gomez (Valencia), Edison Cavani (PSG), Cristian Stuani (Girona) and Luis Suarez (Barcelona). 

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