Uruguay suffer Lugano blow
Diego Lugano (AFP)
Sao Paulo - Uruguay have said on Wednesday that captain Diego Lugano is out of the key World
Cup clash against England with a knee injury, deepening their selection
woes after Maxi Pereira was suspended.
Central defender Lugano,
released by West Bromwich Albion last month, is out with pain in the
left knee, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) said.
"Lugano hasn't been feeling very well lately," said Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez.
had some pain so we just thought that it was better that he doesn't
play, because he feels pain in his knee. We'll have to follow very
closely how he improves over the next days."
Lugano, 33, did not
take a knock to the knee and scans have also failed to detect the cause
of the problem, but he does not appear to need surgery, the AUF said.
withdrawal is another blow to Uruguay's defence, which has already lost
right back Pereira through suspension after he was sent off in the 3-1
loss to Costa Rica.
But Uruguay look set to welcome back Liverpool
striker Luis Suarez, who has been out after knee surgery, for
Thursday's game where defeat is likely to spell doom for either team.