Suarez returns to Uruguay squad, Godin pulls out

Uruguay has recalled Luis Suarez to the squad for this month's World Cup 2018 qualifiers with his ban for biting now served.

Luis Suarez has returned to the Uruguay squad for the forthcoming World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Brazil and Peru having served a nine-game suspension.

Suarez was handed a four-month ban from all football and prohibited from representing his country for nine competitive matches as punishment for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during World Cup 2014.

The striker was subsequently sidelined for the first few months of his debut season at Barcelona, while he was unable to feature at the 2015 Copa America, where Uruguay was eliminated at the quarterfinal stage by eventual winner Chile.

Suarez has been in sensational form for Barca this season, scoring 42 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.

Having been recalled by coach Oscar Tabarez, the 29-year-old is in line to make his first appearance for Uruguay since the friendly against Costa Rica in November 2014 when the nation faces Brazil in Recife on March 26.

Diego Godin has withdrawn from the squad after Atletico Madrid confirmed he suffered a grade two muscle injury during the Champions League meeting with PSV on Tuesday.

Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela could be set for a first senior international appearance — as could Diego Laxalt and Matias Vecino — having been selected by Tabarez.

Uruguay is second in the table, three points behind first-place Ecuador.


Uruguay squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana.

Defenders: Jose Maria Gimenez, Sebastian Coates, Emiliano Velazquez, Gaston Silva, Maximiliano Pereira, Jorge Fucile, Mathias Corujo, Alvaro Pereira.

Midfielders: Matias Vecino, Diego Laxalt, Alvaro Gonzalez, Carlos Sanchez, Egidio Arevalo Rios, Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Rodriguez.

Forwards: Cristhian Stuani, Diego Rolan, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Abel Hernandez.