Cavani has 45 goals and 105 caps in total for his country, and France will surely be delighted if it turns out that he doesn't recover in time for the mouthwatering quarter final tie.
Deprived of the chance to play at this stage of the last World Cup after being suspended for his infamous bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, Suarez will lead the Uruguay line at the Fisht Stadium alongside Edinson Cavani. "We have to take it a day at a time and see how he feels". Uruguay was tight in defence, and they had only six shots on target in their previous three group matches. "We have many young players who desire to achieve team success", he said.
Portugal hasn't reached the World Cup quarterfinals since 2006, when a young Ronaldo led the team to the semifinals. It was also the birth year of Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old who's emerging as one of the biggest stars of the World Cup.
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Suarez pointed out that Uruguay have played without Cavani in the past, although never in a match as important as Friday's showdown for a place in the World Cup semi-finals. "They've shown throughout the World Cup how good their game is, their speed, how compact they are, it's unbelievable".
"We tried our best, but we're very sad for the Portuguese people that we weren't able to make it."
The two share similar traits as players: they are fiercely competitive, possess a work-rate as monstrous as their goal-scoring records and are capable of producing moments of beauty with the ball.
Despite the five-time Ballon d'Or suggesting he'll remain at the highest level into his 40's, his post-match comments sparked rumours he may end his 15-year career with A Seleção das Quinas. "I'm sure the national team will remain as one of the best in the world". "We already have a new competition in September (UEFA Nations League) and obviously we want Cristiano to be with us".