Suspended Rodriguez left out of Uruguay squad

Montevideo: Porto midfielder Cristian Rodriguez was left out of a provisional 26-man Uruguay World Cup squad announced by coach Oscar Washington Tabarez on Monday.

Rodriguez would have missed the opening two matches at the finals in South Africa after he received a four-game suspension for fighting at the end of Uruguay`s 1-0 defeat by Argentina in their qualifier in Montevideo in October.

Tabarez had hinted recently the midfielder`s chances of going to the finals were slim given the suspension.

There were no surprises in a squad in which Tabarez stuck largely to tested veterans of the qualifying campaign, though midfielder Egidio Arevalo Rios was a surprise recall after he had been in fine form for Clausura champions Penarol.

Rios earned four caps between 2006 and 2007 in the early matches of Tabarez`s tenure.

The squad will be cut to 23 by June 1 for the June 11-July 11 finals in South Africa.

Uruguay are in Group A with South Africa, France and Mexico.

Bureau Report