Uruguay without Edinson Cavani would handicap them, says Blaise Matuidi

Uruguay without Edinson Cavani would handicap them, says Blaise Matuidi

Uruguay without Edinson Cavani would handicap them, says Blaise Matuidi

Unfortunately, Cavani had to be helped off the field by Cristiano Ronaldo 12 minutes later with a calf injury that might keep him out of the quarterfinals against France on Friday.

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"He knows it is the World Cup". "I can not talk about his recovery from injury, but I know that he has the desire, the attitude and is making the effort to do everything to be there - it does not only depend on him, though". "In the World Cup, it is a different mentality", he said.

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.

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Portugal had 61 percent of the possession and four times as many shots at goal as the Uruguyans but Tabarez dismissed possession as a mere statistic and said what mattered was creating and converting chances.

"Cavani sustained an injury tonight and we will have to see how that evolves as it's not clear at this stage how serious it is", he said. "It's up to us to put ourselves in a position to bother them", he added. "Making them respect us".

Cavani was in visible pain when he was substituted in the 74th minute during a 2-1 win over Portugal in the last-16 on Saturday after he scored both of Uruguay's goals. Let us know in the comments section below.

Suarez revealed he had spoken to Argentina captain and Barcelona team mate Lionel Messi after his exit from the World Cup, but declined to give details.

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