Wednesday 21 February 2018

Suarez joins Cavani to lead Uruguay line at Olympics

Luis Suarez will be joined in the squad by his Liverpool team-mate Sebastian Coates. Photo: Getty Images
Luis Suarez will be joined in the squad by his Liverpool team-mate Sebastian Coates. Photo: Getty Images

Nigel Whittaker

World Cup strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will lead Uruguay's attack at the Olympic Games in London.

Suarez will be joined in the squad by his Liverpool team-mate Sebastian Coates.

Midfielder Egidio Arevalo Rios of Mexico's Tijuana, who is 29, and 25-year-olds Suarez and Cavani, all members of the Uruguay side that reached the 2010 World Cup semi-finals, are the three permitted over-age players in the U-23 squad.

Uruguay are back in the Olympic soccer tournament for the first time since they won successive gold medals in 1924 and 1928.

Twice silver medal winners Brazil also represent South America but Argentina, who won the last two tournaments in Athens and Beijing, did not qualify for the London Games.

Uruguay are in Group A with hosts Britain, Senegal and United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, Spain defender Mike San Jose will miss London Olympics after falling ill with chickenpox.

The Athletic Bilbao centre-half is the second key player to be ruled out of the Spanish squad -- Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara was forced to withdraw last week.

Irish Independent

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