Cavani returns to practice alone after injury ahead of quarterfinal match

Cavani returns to practice alone after injury ahead of quarterfinal match

The return of each player to pre-season training is unique for Atletico, with Oscar "Profe" Ortega deciding on the date they arrive back, depending not only on when they were knocked out in Russian Federation but also on the number of minutes played.

They further added, "The player remained in pain".

They are also the only side to have beaten Russian Federation, overwhelming them 3-0 in the group stage in what appeared to be a reality check for the host nation before they want on to stun Spain in the last 16.

Cavani, the main striker for Uruguay has scored three goals and is one of the top 5 contenders for the golden boot.

The Atlético Madrid star has been involved in all four of France's games at the World Cup this summer, scoring in their first match against Australia and most recently in a thrilling win over Argentina, with both goals coming from the penalty spot. They let in very few goals.

The freedom experienced in Kazan will not be granted to the French by Uruguay's suffocating defence in Nizhny Novgorod. "Uruguay have shown we depend on collective work on the pitch".

That said, a couple of the players did (predictably) take winning incredibly seriously, with Luis Suarez and Jose Gimenez bouncing around the room like they'd just secured the World Cup there and then.

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"He says he is Uruguayan", said Godin.

And they are marshalled by the incomparable Godin, now 121 caps and counting.

Matuidi, whose caution in the last-16 win over Argentina ensured an automatic one-game suspension, reckons Uruguay will prove tough opponents.

But in this topsy-turvy World Cup, one thing for Uruguay has notably changed.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russian Federation.

But it's not clear if they will see each other on the field, since Cavani has a calf injury that could rule him out of the match.

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