Diego Lugano has picked up an injury in his left knee and the Uruguay FA has confirmed the 33-year-old defender won’t feature in Oscar Tabarez’s side against England in Thursday’s win or bust Group D clash at Sao Paulo.

Uruguay are already without Maxi Pereira after he picked up a red card in the loss to Costa Rica, although they are expected to have Luis Suarez back following his return from knee surgery.

An official statement by Uruguay Football Federation [AUF] read: “The AUF hereby informs that Diego Lugano has been ruled out for the match to be played against England on Thursday June 19.

“He has suffered pain in his left knee which has intensified in recent days, preventing his proper sporting performance.

“An MRI scan has found no specific problems which would require surgical treatment. He will receive physiotherapy and his progress will be monitored.”

England and Uruguay both desperately need a result in their clash today to reach the knockout stages after suffering defeats in their opening games to Italy and Costa Rica respectively.

Uruguay, however, will now be without their captain Lugano, who has been prevented from training properly in recent days by a pain in his left knee.


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