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The midfielder is back in his homeland to play for the national side after a long season with Tijuana, and says the matches against Peru and Venezuela will be decisive

Arevalo Rios is looking forward to an important summer of World Cup qualifying with Uruguay.

The defensive-midfielder recently arrived in Montevideo to start preparations for the Brazil 2014 qualifiers against Peru and Venezuela, and is excited to link up with manaer Oscar Tabarez once again.

"I am happy to be in the country, and I want to do my best in those matches," he told Ovación. "I'm not completely fit, mostly because of artificial turfs used in the Mexican league, but I believe I'll be ready soon, and I'm really looking forward to hearing what El Maestro [Oscar Tabarez] has to say."

The 29-year-old enjoyed a seventh-placed finish with Mexican club Tijuana, and now wants to pick up important wins for his country, who lifted the Copa America trophy in 2011.

"These are two crucial matches. We'll be playing at home, so we want to grab six points," the ex-Monterrey man said. "But we know it's going to be very tough, and we can't be nervous. I really think we can win both matches, to earn precious points."

The former Penarol and Botafogo player also revealed that he was frustrated at not being able to play his part in recent Uruguay matches due to injury.

"I had to see the matches on television, and I couldn't help my country. Now I can, and that's the most important thing for me," he concluded.