Tabárez named a 26-man squad for Uruguay to face Peru and Colombia
By Analia Sordi
Uruguay head coach, Oscar Washington Tabárez has presented his list of 26 players selected for the upcoming matches to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The upcoming matches are against Peru in Lima on Friday, September 6 and against Colombia in Montevideo on Tuesday, September 10.
The two matches are crucial for Uruguay to have a fighting chance to qualify for the world cup. Currently, Uruguay is placed 5th in the qualification tournament. In fifth place Uruguay does not automatically qualify but they will have the opportunity to fight for a qualification spot in the intercontential play-offs against the fifth placed team from the Asian Football Confederation.
The majority of the selected 26 are a regular in the national team but there is some suprises. The following is the list:
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray,TUR), Martín Silva (Olimpia,PAR), Juan Castillo (Peñarol,URU).
Defenders: Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion,ENG), Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid,ESP), Martín Cáceres (Juventus,ITA), José María Giménez (Atlético de Madrid,ESP), Matías Aguirregaray (Estudiantes de La Plata,ARG), Jorge Fucile (Porto,POR), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica,POR), Andrés Scotti (Nacional,URU).
Midfielders: Walter Gargano (Napoli,ITA ), Diego Pérez (Bologna,ITA), Egidio Arévalo Ríos (Chigago Fire,USA), Alvaro González (Lazio,ITA), Alvaro Pereira (Inter,ITA), Sebastián Eguren (Palmeiras,BRA), Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid,ESP), Nicolás Lodeiro (Botafogo,BRA), Gastón Ramírez (Southampton,ENG), Alvaro Fernández (Nacional,URU).
Forwards: Gonzalo Castro (Real Sociedad,ESP), Diego Forlán (Internacional,BRA), Luis Suárez (Liverpool,ENG), Edinson Cavani (París Saint Germain,FRA), Christian Stuani (Espanyol,ESP).
In the list of 29 players which were reserved, the following were left out, Rodrigo Muñoz (goalkeeper), Alejandro Silva (defender) and Abel Hernández (forward)
The awaited return of Jorge Fucile is over. His last participation in the national team was October 7, 2011 against Bolivia, an injury had been preventing him to be called up to the national team.
The young prospect, José María Giménez has been called up after a great performance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. After receiving the news, Giménez shared his joy via twitter. He tweeted,"Gentelmen, the happiest day of my life...dream on"
Also, Egidio Arévalo Ríos has returned to the national team after signing with the Chicago Fire. Then there is the unexpected call-up of Alvaro Fernandez. During the summer transfer, Fernandez returned to Uruguay to play for Nacional. Despite the effort it took Nacional to bring him back to the club of his "amores". He is not been getting the expected playing time.
Uruguay have 11 of 26 players with yellow cards. If any of those players receive a yellow card during the game with Peru on Friday, September 6 they will not be available for match against Colombia on Tuesday, September 10. The players that need to have caution are Diego Lugano, Sebastián Eguren, Álvaro González, Álvaro Pereira, Gastón Ramírez, Walter Gargano, Diego Pérez, Matías Aguirregaray, Diego Godín, Martín Cáceres y Cristian Rodríguez.
The agenda, Monday, September 2 in the afternoon, the selected players will start to arrive at the "Celeste" sport complex to begin preparing for their match against Peru. On Wednesday, September 4 the national team will depart to Peru. The following day, the team will train at the facilities of Sporting Cristal. Then Uruguay will return to Montevideo immediately after Friday's game to prepare for the game against Colombia.