Cavani's potential absence a big blow for Uruguay: Matuidi

Posted July 05, 2018

Uruguay have been dealt a potential hammer blow in their preparations for Friday's 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-final against France as striker Edinson Cavani is reportedly "all but certain" not to start.

Suarez was less convinced by recent claims that Griezmann was half-Uruguayan because he plays with Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez at Atletico Madrid, drinks mate tea and even turned up at the airport wearing a Uruguay shirt to greet his teammates when they qualified for Russian Federation. "This is different, though - this is a World Cup".

"I do not know if they are bluffing (about the injury)".

"About Mbappe, everybody knows he's a really good player".

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. "It's up to us to put ourselves in a position to bother them", he added.

"Cavani sustained an injury tonight and we will have to see how that evolves as it's not clear at this stage how serious it is", he said.

Suarez spoke at a press conference after the session and, in quotes reported by goal.com, the Barcelona forward said of Cavani: "The two goals he scored the other day, the team work he has in general, his physical exertion...all of it is important. Making them respect us". "His significance, both for my play and for the team, is key because of the class of player he is".

After they both drew a blank today, Ronaldo and Messi are still waiting to score a goal in a World Cup knockout game.

"I spoke as a friend - obviously that stays between us".