So France and Uruguay will meet in the last eight of the World Cup on today with one camp fretting about the fitness of one of their star strikers and the other concerned about the entertainment on offer.
Winners of their respective groups, both nations overcame tough last-16 fixtures by the odd goal, with France progressing from a seven-goal thriller with Argentina and Uruguay edging past Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Will Uruguay be able to call upon forward Edinson Cavani, their two-goal match-winner against the Portuguese?
Or will Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez or the South Americans’ miserly defence take centre stage?
Uruguay worry about Cavani injury
Uruguayan media has reflected the anxiety and disappointment of many of the country’s football fans over Edinson Cavani’s likely absence against France due to injury.
El Pais wrote: “The worst news was confirmed on Wednesday in Nizhny Novgorod. Edinson Cavani will not be in the starting team on Friday against France.
The newspaper went on to say that, although Cavani would not be in the starting eleven, “there remains some hope he will be able to be among the substitutes”.
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