It must be confessed: it surprised us all. An extensive list of reserved footballers was awaited for the next two matches of Uruguay South American Qualifiers product of possible injuries and infected with Covid, in addition to the uncertainty regarding local players who could emigrate in days, a number between 35 and 40 players was thought, but no one dared to imagine the final number of reserves: 50 players.
Diego Alonso, the new coach of the celeste, after 15 years of Master Tabárez, covered himself with all possible circumstances and marked the field. He made it clear which players are, and which are not, on his radar for the last four qualifying games.
Uruguay is in a compromised position. Seventh in the table, with the same points as the sixth, Chile, and one less than the fourth and fifth, Colombia and Peru. In South America the first four qualify directly for Qatar 2022 and the fifth will go to play-off with an Asian in June.
In the list of 50 players, it was clear the confidence that Alonso has deposited in Ronald araujo, who operated and on the sidelines for at least one month of competitive activity, was also included in the preliminary reserve list. The defender of Barcelona He was aiming for a possible starter in Asunción on Thursday, January 27, in the first game of the era Alonso, but the fracture in his hand truncated the plans.
Another novelty is the inclusion in the reserved of the goalscorer of Girona, Cristhian Stuani. Historical with the celestial, it had long been the margin of the calls of Tabárez, and now in recognition of its current moment, it returns to get under the radar of the celestial.
The big news is the appearance of Leandro Cabrera, of Spanish, one of the most regular footballers in the Spanish League. Absolute novelty, since it is his first approach to the Uruguayan team, it had never been considered in the Tabárez cycle.
Of Atletico de Madrid, inevitable is Luis Suarez and always present Josema Gimenez. De los colchoneros will also be in both games at the end of January and the beginning of February, the Profe Ortega, who makes up the coaching staff of Diego Alonso, and will travel alongside Suarez Y Gimenez towards the Southern Cone at the end of the month, for ten days of full activity together with the “Tornado”.
The meringue Federico Valverde It also appears, but it is not news, because it is established as a permanent fixture in the Uruguayan national team. They are also Mauro Arambarri Y Damien Suarez, of Getafe. Another novelty is Alfonso Espino, of Cadiz, also very good present. The other return will be the Maxi Gomez, of Valencia, absent in the last call of Tabárez.
From this list of 50 footballers, the coach Alonso must choose a nonym between 25 and 30 footballers for the two matches of Uruguay. The decision will be known closer to the game on January 27 in Asunción.