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Luis Suarez to Miss Uruguay Friendlies Against South Korea, Japan

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Uruguay striker Luis Suarez will miss his country’s next friendly matches against South Korea and Japan on October 12 and 16 respectively, as he is expecting the birth of his third child, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) has said.

The AUF said on Friday that if Suarez’s wife Sofia Balbi gives birth before the games, “the player will be available”, Xinhua news agency reported.

National coach Oscar Tabarez will allow Suarez, 31, to avoid selection after a decision was made “based on the same criteria applied to earlier cases with other footballers,” said the AUF.

Tabarez will also be without injured defender Jose Gimenez and midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who is set to undergo surgery.

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