Veteran strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were named to Uruguay’s World Cup squad for the fourth time in a row on Thursday..
Cavani, 35, was considered doubtful due to a recurring ankle injury that has limited him to just one full 90-minute game for Valencia this LaLiga season.
Following that 90-minute outing, he was pulled 18 minutes into Valencia’s next game against Barcelona on October 29, and has yet to return.
Suarez, who is also 35, played in both September friendlies, contributing an assist in a 2-0 win over fellow World Cup qualifier Canada to show he is still at the required level, despite playing for Nacional in Uruguay’s First Division..
While the seasoned strike partnership will provide experience, Uruguay’s squad also includes a strong mix of younger emerging talent, led by Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde, who is 24 years old.
Cavani and Valverde are part of an impressive LaLiga squad that also includes Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo and Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez.
The only Premier League players are Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez, Tottenham’s Rodrigo Bentancur, and Manchester United’s Facundo Pellistri, while Serie A is represented by Napoli’s Mathias Olivera, Roma’s Matias Vina, and Lazio’s Matias Vecino..
Uruguay’s campaign begins on November 24 against South Korea, followed by matches against Portugal on November 28 and Ghana on December 2.