The AUF Health Department announced this Monday morning that the soccer player Darwin Núñez will not be available for the Uruguayan National Team matches against Argentina and Bolivia for the South American Qualifiers towards the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The 22-year-old attacker had started this Sunday in Benfica’s 6-1 win over Sporting Braga on date 11 of the Portuguese League. Núñez scored the partial 2-0 in the 37th minute and had to be replaced at 65 ‘by Gonçalo Ramos when he complained of pain in his right knee.
“In the studies carried out later, a tendon inflammatory process in his knee was found, with patellar bone edema, which disables him to participate in the Uruguayan National Team in the matches against Argentina and Bolivia,” it was reported this Monday in the statement made by the Uruguayan Football Association.
Thus, this new absence is added to that of Sebastián Coates, ruled out this Sunday, totaling nine casualties due to injury, since last week it was reported that the footballers Sebastián Cáceres, Matías Viña, Federico Valverde, Nicolás De La Cruz, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Maximiliano Gómez and Edinson Cavani were not summoned for medical reasons.
It should be noted that there are also five players from the current sky blue squad in the chapel, who in case of receiving a yellow against Argentina this Friday will not be able to play on Tuesday 16 against Bolivia. They are Diego Godín, Josema Giménez, Matías Vecino, Nahitan Nández and Jonathan Rodríguez.
For the moment, and in the event that there are no last-minute calls, Maestro Tabárez will have 23 players to face this double knockout date: goalkeepers Fernando Muslera, Martín Campaña and Kevin Dawson, and defenders Godín, Giménez, Ronald Araújo, Giovanni González, Martín Cáceres, Joaquín Piquerez and Damián Suárez.
They will also be at order, unless a new injury occurs, the midfielders Mauro Arambarri, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Vecino, Manuel Ugarte, Fernando Gorriarán, Nández and Facundo Torres, and the forwards Luis Suárez, Brian Rodríguez, Jonathan Rodríguez, Gastón Pereiro and Agustín Álvarez Martínez.