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Club-less Cavani out of Uruguay for World Cup qualifiers

October 2, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, PSG's Edinson Cavani adjust his headband during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. Paris Saint-Germain’s record scorer needs to find another club next season after PSG’s Sporting Director Leonardo said he won’t get a new contract when his current deals expire at the end of June, adding that it was a particularly tough not to give a new contract to Cavani, who is both very popular with fans. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, PSG's Edinson Cavani adjust his headband during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. Paris Saint-Germain’s record scorer needs to find another club next season after PSG’s Sporting Director Leonardo said he won’t get a new contract when his current deals expire at the end of June, adding that it was a particularly tough not to give a new contract to Cavani, who is both very popular with fans. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Striker Edinson Cavani is the most notable absentee in Uruguay’s squad announced on Friday for the two opening rounds of World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Ecuador.

Cavani’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain ended in June. The 33-year-old Cavani has trained by himself for three months as he decides his future.

Uruguay also left out injured goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and defender José María Giménez, who contracted COVID-19.

Uruguay will face Chile in Montevideo on Oct. 8. Five days later, the team will play at Ecuador.

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Uruguay:

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Goalkeepers: Rodrigo Muñoz (Cerro Porteño), Martín Silva (Libertad) and Martín Campaña (Al Batin).

Defenders: Diego Godín (Cagliari), Sebastián Coates (Sporting Lisbon), Ronald Araújo (Barcelona), Martín Cáceres (Fiorentina), Damián Suárez (Getafe), Matías Viña (Palmeiras) and Agustín Oliveros (Nacional).

Midfielders: Nahitan Nández (Cagliari), Lucas Torreira (Arsenal), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), , Mauro Arambarri (Getafe), Nicolás de la Cruz (River Plate), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Flamengo) and Brian Rodríguez (Los Angeles FC).

Forwards: Jonathan Rodríguez (Cruz Azul), Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid), Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Maxi Gómez (Valencia) and Darwin Núñez (Benfica).

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