March 16, 2016

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) Injured defender Diego Godin has been left out of Uruguay's squad for its World Cup qualifiers later this month against Brazil and Peru.

The Uruguayan Football Association said in a statement on Wednesday that the Atletico Madrid defender had an injured right thigh and would miss both matches.

The injury to Godin takes some of the gloss off the return of Barcelona forward Luis Suarez in the March 25 away match against Brazil in the northeastern city of Recife.

Suarez has been banned for more than a year from international matches after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Martin Campana (Independiente).

Defenders: Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Emiliano Velazquez (Getafe), Maximiliano Pereira (FC Porto), Alvaro Pereira (Getafe), Mathias Corujo (Universidad de Chile), Guillermo Varela (Manchester United), Gaston Silva (Torino), Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon), Jorge Fucile (Nacional).

Midfielders: Egidio Arevalo Rios (Atlas), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Alvaro Gonzalez (Atlas), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Nicolas Lodeiro (Boca Juniors), Cristian Rodriguez (Independiente), Matias Vecino (Fiorentina), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro).

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough), Diego Rolan (Bordeaux), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Abel Hernandez (Hull).

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