Liverpool to send Uruguay star back to South America

Sebastian Coates

Centre-back Sebastian Coates set for loan deal to Nacional to complete recovery from injury.

Sebastian Coates is set to move back to Uruguay on a six-month loan deal with former club Nacional, according to Sky Sports.

The Liverpool defender has been out injured since August with an anterior cruciate ligament and has not played a competitive game for the Reds since coming on as a substitute for Jamie Carragher in the club legend’s final Premier League match against QPR in May.

Coates suffered the injury in an international friendly against Japan and hopes the move back home will help him get into the Uruguay squad for World Cup 2014.

The 23-year-old has 12 caps for La Celeste and won the Best Young Player award when his country triumphed in the 2011 Copa America.

However, he has failed to become a regular starter at Anfield, making only 12 appearances in each of his first two seasons in England.

With Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger all blocking his path to the first team, it makes sense for the centre-back to try and make his injury return elsewhere.

He said: “"It would be beautiful to join Nacional and complete my recovery in Uruguay with my family and friends. The negotiations can be hard sometimes, and we have to wait a bit."

Nacional would reportedly not have to pay any wages or loan fees for their former star with Liverpool happy to pay for Coates while he completes his recovery.

After breaking into the Montevideo side’s first team as an 18-year-old, Coates played 93 times and scored eight goals before making his £7million move to Liverpool.

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