FORTALEZA, Brazil (SportingAlert.com) — Luis Suarez is amongst the substitutes and is not expected to play this evening for Uruguay as they take on Costa Rica in the World Cup Group D opener at the Estadio Castelo.
Suarez has been recovering after undergoing surgery on May 22 and will not be risk in the first game.
Instead, Diego Forlán and Edinson Cavani will lead the attack for Uruguay, who will be hoping to take all three points and put pressure on the Italy and England, who will play also in Group D later on today.
Diego Godín, Diego Lugano and Maxi Pereira are amongst the starters making up the back line, with Cristian Rodríguez and Christian Stuani both starting in midfield.
Gastón Ramírez, Sebastián Coates and Abel Hernández are all on the bench and will be available as the game progresses.
For Costa Rica, who will find it difficult to advance from this, one of the toughest groups in this year’s World Cup, starts Arsenal forward Joel Campbell in the attack and he will partner the experienced Bryan Ruiz in the hunt for goals.
Uruguay v Costa Rica
Uruguay: Muslera, Maxi Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres, Stuani, Arevalo Rios, Gargano, Rodriguez, Forlan, Cavani. Subs: Munoz, Fucile, Pereira, Hernandez, Suarez, Gimenez, Lodeiro, Perez, Ramirez, Coates, Gonzalez, Silva.
Costa Rica: Navas, Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Umana, Diaz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos, Ruiz, Campbell. Subs: Pemberton, Acosta, Myrie, Barrantes, Francis, Granados, Brenes, Miller, Calvo, Urena, Cubero, Cambronero
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)