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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Diego Godin will miss Ghana clash

Soccernet staff

Uruguay have announced that influential defender Diego Godin will not start Friday's World Cup quarter-final against Ghana due to injury.

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Godin, who started Uruguay's 0-0 draw with France and 3-0 victory over South Africa before being benched for the final game of Group A against Mexico, sustained a thigh problem during the country's win over South Korea in the second round of the World Cup.

The Villarreal defender was substituted at half-time of the 2-1 victory and coach Oscar Tabarez admitted in a press conference on Wednesday that Godin will not be fit to start against Ghana, meaning Mauricio Victorino will deputise.

"We still have 48 hours," Tabarez said. "He is not fully recovered. He is not in the team because in my opinion he is not 100% fit."

Uruguay have conceded only one goal in the World Cup so far and when confirming his starting XI, Tabarez revealed he will only make one further change to his side with Alvaro Fernandez replacing Alvaro Pereira in midfield.

That means in-form strikers Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez will once again play in conjunction with Edinson Cavani in a three-man attack. Forlan scored twice in the defeat of South Africa but it is Ajax star Suarez who has since stolen the spotlight with a goal against Mexico and two crucial strikes in the second round against South Korea.

Forlan is delighted with his team-mate's excellent performances but believes it is Uruguay's team spirit that will see them through to a semi-final against either Netherlands or Brazil.

"I have a good relationship with Luis and I'm happy to see him score," Forlan said. "We have a collective objective, not personal. We just want to help the team. We are following the instructions of Tabarez and we are confident we can reach the semi-finals to give joy to our people."

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