midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro has been ruled out of the World Cup
with a broken foot while captain Diego Lugano is having tests on
a knee injury, the team said in a statement on Saturday.
Lodeiro fractured a bone in his
right foot during Friday's
quarter-final victory over Ghana, the team said ahead of their
semi-final against Netherlands in Cape Town on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old, who has been used
mostly as a substitute,
replaced Alvaro Fernandez at half time against Ghana.
The team is already without
suspended striker Luis Suarez,
scorer of three goals in the tournament, after he was sent off
having saved the ball on the line with his hands to keep out
what would have been a winning goal for Ghana.
Defender Lugano, who limped off
just before halftime, is
having tests after damaging the ligaments in his right knee.
The goods news for coach Oscar
Tabarez is that defender
Diego Godin, who was ruled out of the Ghana match with a thigh
injury, has returned to training, the statement added.
The Uruguay defence will also be
missing Jorge Fucile, who
earned a second yellow card against Ghana.
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