Uruguay will begin their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica at the Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza on Saturday.

Luis Suarez lifted the European Golden boot this season and he’ll fancy his chances to lift the World Cup Golden boot too. Suarez missed all the warm up games for Uruguay, lacks match fitness and it remains to be seen if he plays against Costa Rica on Saturday, before meeting England on June 19 in a game which would field Suarez against a few of his Anfield teammates.

“What you don’t know is how the knee will react,” he says. “Today, I could say to you: ‘Yeah, I’ll make it to the first game’. Or: ‘No, I prefer to wait for the second or the third’.

“But you only know for sure as you progress and you see how the knee reacts. You can reach the 20th day and think: ‘I’m flying here’ but then that day your knee swells up and everything slows down. For as long as the knee resists and there’s no pain, so long as the quadriceps strengthen, you’re OK.”

Uruguay squad:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martín Silva (Vasco Da Gama), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad)

Defenders: Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Martin Caceres (Juventus), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica), Jorge Fucile (Porto), Sebastian Coates (Nacional).

Midfielders: Egidio Arevalo Rios (Morelia), Walter Gargano (Parma), Diego Perez (Bologna), Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio), Alvaro Pereira (San Pablo), Cristian Rodríguez (Atletico Madrid), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo)

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka), Cristian Stuani (Espanyol), Abel Hernandez (Palermo)

Manager: Oscar Tabarez

Predicted starting XI:

Its highly unlikely Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez will risk starting Luis Suarez and he is expected to be on bench. Diego Forlan will replace him in the starting XI. Godin is in good form and is expected to pair up with Lugano. Edinson Cavani is expected to elad the attack in the absence of star striker Luis Suarez. 

 

 

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