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Luis Suarez included in Uruguayan Olympic football squad

The striker’s new coach, Brendan Rodgers, may not be too pleased that one of his star players will miss Liverpool’s pre-season.

Luis Suarez is in line to face the Great Britain team in August.
Luis Suarez is in line to face the Great Britain team in August.
Image: AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda

LIVERPOOL STRIKER LUIS SUAREZ was one of three over-age players included in the 18-man Uruguay squad for the Olympic Games that was announced on Monday.

Coach Oscar Washington Tabarez has also named prolific Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Palermo’s Egidio Arevalo Rios as players over the age of 23 in the squad.

Uruguay will compete in Group A alongside Great Britain, Senegal and the United Arab Emirates.

Other familiar faces include Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, Ajax midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro and Palermo attacker Abel Hernandez.

With the Premier League season beginning on 18 August, Suarez and Coates will miss a significant part of Liverpool’s pre-season and may be rested for the club’s opening fixtures.

Uruguay, who won last year’s Copa America and finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup, will face the United Arab Emirates in their opening game on 26 July.

Uruguay won Olympic football gold at the 1924 Summer Games in Paris and again four years later in Amsterdam.

Uruguay squad:

Goalkeepers: Martin Campana, Leandro Gelpi

Defenders: Sebastian Coates, Diego Polenta, Ramon Arias, Alexis Rolin, Emiliano Albin.

Midfielders: Egidio Arevalo Rios, Nicolas Lodeiro, Matias Aguirregaray, Gaston Ramirez, Maximiliano Calzada, Diego Rodriguez

Forwards: Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Abel Hernandez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Tabare Viudez.

© AFP, 2012

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