Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

Tanya Simon
July 6, 2018

Griezmann may not be connected to Uruguay through his immediate family, but all throughout his footballing career, he's had support from a number of Uruguayan coaches and players.

"I have to apologise to all the people in Uruguay and my teammates".

Uruguay also have a reputation as World Cup party-poopers - remember Ghana in 2010 - and history is on their side.

Luis Suarez has warned France star Antoine Griezmann that he is going to get a close-up and personal view of what it means to be Uruguayan in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.

Midfielder Diego Laxalt said Uruguay would dig deep into its so-called "Garra Charrua" fighting spirit - named after a ferocious South American warrior tribe - to stop France.

France ground out the win in a match high on energy but low on quality to set up a last-four clash with either Brazil or Belgium, who meet in Kazan later on Friday. Cavani scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Portugal in the round of 16, but he sat on the bench with an injured left calf he picked up in that match.

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France came back from 2-1 down against Messi and Argentina to defeat the struggling South American side 4-3 thanks to goals from 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé.

Mbappe, who has modeled his game after Cristiano Ronaldo and is being compared to Zinedine Zidane, also picked up a second-half yellow card for falling to the ground as if in agony after a touch from an opponent.

World Cup quarter-finalists Uruguay will be without one member of their lethal striker partnership that brought them past Portugal in the World Cup round of 16.

The two nations have met three times in the World Cup and Uruguay have not lost once.

Suarez spoke at a press conference after the session and, in quotes reported by goal.com, the Barcelona forward said of Cavani: "The two goals he scored the other day, the team work he has in general, his physical exertion...all of it is important".

"We have played without Edinson already, during qualification, and the team adapted to the situation", explained Suarez.

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