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Uruguay turn to Victorino against Chile

March 29, 2009

Uruguay coach Oscar Washington Tabarez has called-up Mauricio Victorino ahead of their crunch World Cup qualifier against Chile.

The Nacional defender joins the Charruas after both Andres Scotti and Carlos Valdez were ruled out having picked up injuries that kept them out of yesterday's 2-0 win over South American Qualifying Zone leaders Paraguay.

Valdez stretched a calf muscle while Scotti broke two fingers on his left hand.

Fourth-placed Uruguay are level on points with Chile but have played a game more, and occupy the last automatic qualification berth.

However, Tabarez insists they will approach the match like any other.

"There will be three points and we are hoping to get them. We cannot speculate," he said. "If we beat Chile but then lost to the others, we won't go to the World Cup.

"This match has more impact in the standings but you play for three points no matter who the rivals.

"Mentally, we should play match by match and improve what we did wrong (on Saturday). The match in Santiago will be difficult to win."

Uruguay squad: Sebastian Viera (Villarreal), Martin Silva (Defensor Sporting), Rodrigo Munoz (Nacional); Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce), Diego Godin (Villarreal), Martin Caceres (Barcelona), Martin Rodriguez, Mauricio Victorino (both Nacional), Bruno Silva (Ajax), Juan Manuel Diaz (Estudiantes); Diego Perez (Monaco), Sebastian Eguren (Villarreal), Alvaro Pereira (Cluj), Diego Arismendi, Alvaro Fernandez (both Nacional), Cristian Rodriguez (Porto), Jorge Martinez (Catania), Juan Albin (Getafe); Luis Suarez (Ajax), Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Abreu (Real Sociedad), Edinson Cavani (Palermo).