MONTEVIDEO - World Cup
semi-finalists Uruguay have recalled Porto midfielder
Cristian Rodriguez into their Copa America squad named on
Tuesday after he missed out on South Africa last year.
Coach Oscar Tabarez, who unveiled the squad for the regional
tournament in Argentina starting Friday, left Rodriguez out of
the 2010 World Cup because he was carrying a suspension that
meant he would miss their first two group matches.
Now Rodriguez, a regular in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers,
gets his chance to help Uruguay try to win the South American
title for the first time since 1995.
The squad is largely the same as last year's at the World
Cup in South Africa where the twice world champions surprised
with their progress to the last four after mediocre results for
a half a century.
Uruguay are in Group C, based in the Andean cities of
Mendoza and San Juan, with Peru, Chile and Mexico. They open
against Peru on Monday.
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Lazio), Andres Silva
(Defensor Sporting), Juan Castillo (Colo Colo).
Defenders: Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce), Diego Godin (Atletico
Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Nacional), Mauricio Victorino
(Cruzeiro), Andres Scotti (Colo Colo), Martin Caceres (Sevilla),
Maximiliano Pereira (Defensor Sporting).
Midfielders: Alvaro Pereira, Cristian Rodriguez (both
Porto), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Botafogo), Sebastian Eguren (Real
Sporting), Diego Perez (Bologna), Walter Gargano (Napoli),
Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio), Nicolas Lodeiro (Ajax).
Forwards: Edinson Cavani (Napoli), Diego Forlan (Atletico
Madrid), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Sebastian Abreu (Botafogo),
Abel Hernandez (Palermo).
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