Uruguay Coach Gives Update on Cavani’s Fitness Ahead of Quarter Final

Hope Soto
July 5, 2018

Nizhniy Novgorod - Luis Suarez is confident Uruguay can nullify the threat from France's teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, as they prepare for their World Cup quarter-final clash later this week.

As well as Mbappe, Uruguay will have another tricky French forward, Antoine Griezmann, to contend with.

Suarez did not expect that to cloud Griezmann's desire to help France into the semi-final, though. "I can not talk about his recovery from injury, but I know that he has the desire, the attitude and is making the effort to do everything to be there - it does not only depend on him, though".

Brazil star Neymar put another feather in his cap during his country's World Cup last-16 encounter against Mexico.

Midfielder Diego Laxalt said Uruguay would dig deep into its so-called "Garra Charrua" fighting spirit - named after a ferocious South American warrior tribe - to stop France.

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"I felt pain in my calf and could not continue on the field".

"Today we committed a mistake that led to the equaliser but we have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez added, citing the value of his team's "intensity, focus and tactical intuition". "Right now, we're only anxious but we don't know for sure how grave the injury is". "Making them respect us".

Cavani scored both goals in the 2-1 victory over Portugal last Saturday, having netted 10 times in 15 appearances in qualifying to send Uruguay to Russian Federation. "His significance, both for my play and for the team, is key because of the class of player he is".

It means Ronaldo followed Lionel Messi out of the World Cup on the same day.

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