Cavani misses China Cup for Uruguay with thigh injury

AFP , Wednesday 13 Mar 2019

A thigh injury has ruled out Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani from his national team's trip to contest the China Cup AFP

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has been ruled out of next week's China Cup after failing to recover in time from a thigh injury, the Uruguayan Football Association announced on Wednesday.

Oscar Tabarez's 23-man squad travel to Nanning to take on take on China, Uzbekistan and Thailand in the tournament, which runs between March 18-26.

"Cavani is not fit enough to be selected in the Uruguayan selection for the China Cup because of a right quadriceps injury from which he is still recovering," Uruguay's medical team said.

Cavani picked up the knock after scoring the only goal in Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 Ligue 1 win over Bordeaux in early February, and his only playing time since was two desperate injury-time minutes during PSG's dramatic Champions League exit to Manchester United last week.

He also missed Tuesday night's 4-0 win at Dijon.

Cavani's absence means Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will lead the line for Uruguay, who are defending their China Cup title.

The 23-man Uruguay squad for the China Cup:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galastasaray/TUR), Martin Silva (Libertad/PAR), Martin Campana (Independiente/ARG)

Defenders: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Giovanni Gonzalez (Penarol), Martin Caceres (Juventus/ITA), Mathias Suarez (Montpellier/FRA)

Midfielders: Diego Laxalt (AC Milan/ITA), Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors/ARG), Lucas Torreira (Arsenal/ENG), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan/ITA), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus/ITA), Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders/USA), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid/ESP), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Flamengo/BRA), Marcelo Saracchi (Leipzig/GER)

Forwards: Cristhian Stuani (Girona/ESP), Gaston Pereiro (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Jonathan Rodriguez (Cruz Azul/MEX), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo/ESP), Luis Suarez (Barcelone/ESP)

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