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  • February 7, 2013
  • • 02:00
  • • Khalifa International Stadium, ad-Dōha (Doha)
  • Referee: F. Al Marri
  • • Attendance: 48000
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Spain-Uruguay Preview: Puyol set for 100th international cap in Doha friendly

Spain-Uruguay Preview: Puyol set for 100th international cap in Doha friendly

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The champions of Europe and South America meet in the Qatari capital looking to fine-tune preparations ahead of key World Cup qualifiers next month

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SPAIN

Valdes
Arbeloa, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Fabregas, Busquets, Iniesta
Silva, Villa, Pedro
URUGUAY

Muslera
M Pereira, Lugano, Godin, A Pereira
Gonzalez, Arevalo, Gargano
Suarez, Forlan, Cavani

Spain playmaker Xavi will miss Wednesday’s friendly against Uruguay at the Khalifa International Stadium with a hamstring injury.

Real Madrid duo Xabi Alonso (groin) and Iker Casillas (hand) also miss out, while Javi Martinez, Roberto Soldado and Fernando Torres have all been omitted by coach Vicente del Bosque.

Defender Cesar Azpilicueta and playmaker Isco are both included in the 20-man squad and could make their international debuts off the bench.

Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez is without midfielder Gaston Ramirez, who suffered a leg injury while on club duty for Southampton during the weekend.

La Celeste’s attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani may start together for the first time since the 3-0 qualifying defeat to Argentina last October.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Spain are on a 17-match unbeaten run (W13, D4) stretching back to November 2011.
  • La Roja have won two of their last three encounters against Uruguay.
  • Carles Puyol (pictured, right) will become the seventh player to reach 100 appearances for Spain if he plays on Wednesday.
  • Uruguay have won just one of their last six matches (W1, D2, L3).
  • The South Americans are fifth in the Conmebol qualifying zone, eight points off leaders Argentina.
  • Luis Suarez needs four more strikes to overtake Diego Forlan’s record of 33 goals and become Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
-Víctor Valdés
5César AzpilicuetaDefender
6Jordi AlbaDefender
-Carles Puyol
15Sergio RamosDefender
16BusquetsMidfielder
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
10Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
13Juan MataStriker
11PedroStriker
23Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
-Arbeloa
-Monreal
3PiquéDefender
21David SilvaMidfielder
15IscoMidfielder
-Mario Suárez
7David VillaStriker
-Negredo
1Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
3Diego GodínDefender
2Diego LuganoDefender
22Martín CáceresDefender
16Maxi PereiraDefender
20Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
7Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
14N. LodeiroMidfielder
21Edinson CavaniStriker
9Luis SuárezStriker
23M. SilvaGoalkeeper
6Á. PereiraMidfielder
-A. Scotti
13M. AguirregarayDefender
4Sebastián CoatesDefender
17E. ArévaloMidfielder
-Chory Castro
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
10G. RamírezStriker
10Diego ForlánStriker
-S. Fernández

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