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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Forlan may miss Uruguay - Australia play-off

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Uruguay has many concerning situations when preparing to face Australia in the World Cup pay-off. The south american squad has suffered a blow with striker Diego Furlan all but ruled out of this important match.

FC Villarreal (Forlan's club) said their star player had torn a muscle in his left leg and could be sidelined for up to three weeks.

Uruguay take on Australia in two World Cup qualifying play-offs with the winner advancing to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

The first match will take place in Montevideo on November 12 with the return leg in Sydney on November 16.

Forlan sustained the injury during his side's 1-0 victory over Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Villarreal said Forlan would travel to Uruguay to see if there was any chance he might be able to play in the tie.

The Primera Liga club said if the Uruguay team doctors agreed the striker would not be able to recover in time for the play-off he would return to Spain to complete his rehabilitation.

Forlan topped Uruguay's scoring list during the South American qualifiers with six goals.

The 26-year-old also faces a race against time to be fit for the clash against his former club Manchester United in Villarreal's next Champions League match at Old Trafford on November 22.

Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati is also sweating on the fitness of his two goalkeepers for the opening leg.

Sebastian Viera and Fabian Carini were both included in Fossati's 27-man squad despite battling injuries.

Viera, who plays for Villarreal in Spain, injured his left collarbone on Sunday in a Spanish league match with doctors fearing he could be out for two weeks.

Carini, who plays for Cagliari in Italy, is also fighting to be fit because of a muscle strain.

Defender Diego Lopez (sciatic nerve problem) and midfielder Marcelo Sosa (ankle) also have injury concerns.

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