The Uruguayan National Team maintains a great question regarding the starting team that will present this Saturday against Colombia for the Quarterfinals of the Copa América and it is the possibility that captain Diego Godín may be at the command of Óscar Tabárez and be a starter.
At the same time, it will also be confirmed at the last minute who leaves the starting eleven before the return of Luis Suárez, with Nicolás De La Cruz being the main candidate to go to the substitute bench.
Against Paraguay last Monday, captain Godín could only play the first half due to a discomfort in one of his twins and was replaced by Sebastián Coates for the start of the complement. The Cagliari defender worked differently this Thursday in Brasilia when a muscular overload was found, beyond the fact that a fibrillar tear was ruled out.
If the captain manages to recover completely, he will continue to be a starter in the celestial defense. Otherwise, Coates is chosen to accompany Josema Giménez behind.
For its part, it is also expected to confirm who leaves the team before the return to the starting eleven of Luis Suárez, who this Monday against the Guaraní team had rest, was not from the game and entered at minute 68 to be able to find the physical condition that allows you to express your best football version.
Suárez will be in attack alongside Edinson Cavani and the starting options are in the midfield, where Matías Vecino, Federico Valverde and Rodrigo Bentancur seem to have a fixed place.
For this reason, Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Nicolás De La Cruz are the ones who have the best chance of being replaced by Suárez, and the small muscle overload in the River player seems to define the balance, so the Flamengo link would remain in the team.
Thus, the celestial team would play against Colombia with Muslera in the goal, the defenders will be Nahitan Nández, Josema Giménez, Godín or Coates and Matías Viña, in the midfield will be Valverde, Bentancur, Vecino and De Arrascaeta, and the attack will be made up of Suárez and Cavani.
In relation to the last antecedent (Uruguay triumph 3 to 0 in Barranquilla with goals from Suárez, Cavani and Darwin Núñez in November 2020 for the Qualifiers), Celeste could repeat Giménez, Godín, Viña, Nández, Bentancur in the starting eleven , De La Cruz and the two forwards from Salta. That day, the celestial archer was Martín Campaña since Muslera was injured; Martín Cáceres and Lucas Torreira also played from the start in the visiting team.
As for the previous game that these two teams played against each other in Brazil, we must go back to the 2014 World Cup, where Colombia beat 2-0 and eliminated Uruguay for the Round of 16 at the Maracana. That June 28, seven years ago, La Celeste (who already had Suárez suspended for having bitten Chiellini) formed with Muslera, Giménez, Godín, Cáceres, Maxi Pereira, Álvaro González, Egidio Arévalo Ríos, Cristian Rodríguez, Álvaro Pereira, Cavani and Diego Forlán.
For his part, Argentine coach José Pekerman lined up David Ospina, Camilo Zúñiga, Cristian Zapata, Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero, Juan Cuadrado, Abel Aguilar, Carlos Sánchez, James Rodríguez (author of the two goals), Teo Gutiérrez and Jackson Martínez.