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Uruguay sweat over skipper Lugano

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano will find out later today whether he will be fit to face Holland in tomorrow's World Cup semi-final, insisting he is ready to play through the pain.

The Fenerbahce defender limped out of his country's quarter-final encounter with Ghana after just 38 minutes with a knee injury and is now a major doubt for the South Americans.

Oscar Tabarez's team are already without key striker Luis Suarez and full-back Jorge Fucile, who are suspended, while defender Diego Godin is a doubt with a thigh problem.

"I was lucky enough to train and run in a straight line without pain, which is good news because it's only 48 hours since I was injured," Lugano said. "Now we'll have to wait until the last minute.

"I don't mind playing through the pain, but the point is to be 100pc ready for a match of this level. We will evaluate if I'm OK or not today."

Lugano has been one of the star performers for La Celeste so far, helping them top a tough Group A, which included hosts South Africa, Mexico and France. They have since beaten South Korea and Ghana on penalties to seal a first semi-final appearance in 40 years.

But the 29-year-old concedes the short turnaround between games is making his race to be fit for the last-four clash at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium increasingly difficult.

He continued: "With just four days between games that's not much time, it'll be very difficult (to be fit). I have to be honest with the team and if I'm not able to play there are other players who can come in and do a good job. I'm doing everything I can to be fit."

With or without him, Lugano insisted that the 1930 and 1950 World champions will be tough to beat. "Uruguay's history demands us to be world champions," he added.

"We are prepared for an almighty battle and, if God wants, another step toward our great dream."


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