October 21, 2016

Suarez returns to Uruguay squad after biting ban

Luis Suarez of Uruguay struggles for the ball with Oscar Duarte (L) of Costa Rica during a friendly match in Montevideo, on 13 November 2014. Photo: Reuters

Montevideo: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is set to play his first competitive international later this month since being banned for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup after he was called up on Friday for qualifiers against Brazil and Peru.

Barcelona’s Suarez was suspended for nine games after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil.

He was among 28 players named in Oscar Tabarez’s squad to face Brazil away in Recife on 25 March and Peru in Montevideo four days later, the Uruguayan FA announced on Friday.

Uncapped Genoa midfielder Diego Laxalt and Manchester United right back Guillermo Varela were called up for the first time.

Uruguay are second in the 10-team South American standings behind Ecuador with three wins in four games.

The top four qualify automatically for the 2018 finals in Russia while the fifth-placed team goes into an intercontinental playoff against a team from the Oceania zone.

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