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Guillermo Varela in Uruguay squad for Brazil, Peru qualifiers

Manchester United full-back Guillermo Varela has been included in Uruguay squad for upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Peru.

La Celeste enjoyed a very good start to the qualifying campaign, winning three of first four fixtures to climb to second in the overall standings.

Uruguay will face Brazil at Arena Pernambuco in Recife on 25 March before playing host to Peru at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo on 29 March.

Head coach Oscar Tabarez has announced a 30-man squad, comprising of footballers plying their trade abroad, and he may add a couple more home-based players at a later date.

The biggest news is the return of Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez, who is finally available after suspension, with Edinson Cavani and Abel Hernandez some of the other star names in the squad.

With starting right-back Maxi Pereira suspended for the Brazil clash, Manchester United youngster Guillermo Varela is widely tipped to earn his first cap for La Celeste.

Serie A stars Diego Laxalt and Matias Vecino are included as well, although the latter is rated doubtful, after pulling out of the Roma vs Fiorentina fixture through injury.

Brazil head coach Carlos Dunga announced his squad for March qualifiers few days ago, with the Brazil vs Uruguay game set to generate plenty of interest across South America.

Uruguay squad:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martín Silva (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Muñoz (Libertad), Martín Campaña (Independiente);

Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Emiliano Velázquez (Getafe), José María Giménez (Atlético Madrid), Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid), Sebastián Coates (Sporting CP), Gastón Silva (Torino), Guillermo Varela (Manchester United), Álvaro Pereira (Getafe);

Midfielders: Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Mathías Corujo (Universidad de Chile), Nicolás Lodeiro (Boca Juniors), Álvaro González (Atlas), Carlos Sánchez (Monterrey), Camilo Mayada (River Plate), Egidio Arévalo Ríos (Atlas), Matias Vecino (Fiorentina), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Cristian Rodríguez (Independiente), Brian Lozano (América);

Forwards: Luis Suárez (Barcelona), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Diego Rolan (Bordeaux), Abel Hernández (Hull City), Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

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