Forgotten Liverpool man Coates makes Uruguay final 23 World Cup squad

Sebastian Coates

Sebastian Coates may not have played for Liverpool since May of last year but he is in Uruguay's World Cup squad.

The World Cup final 23-man squad deadline is tomorrow, so with that in mind many a full squad is being released this week. Yesterday saw Uruguay announce their final squad for the tournament in Brazil - with much speculation surrounding the fitness of a Liverpool star in the team.

Luis Suarez has been the best player in the Premier League this season, as voted for by his peers. But he has a knee injury, with surgery being performed recently on the problem. But Suarez is in the squad - and is joined by a fellow Liverpool player who himself has had an injury ravaged build-up to the tournament.

The player in question is forgotten man Sebastian Coates. Well known as a acrobatic and agile modern defender his best moment in a Liverpool shirt came when he scored a fantastic bicycle kick against QPR.

But the last time he played a game for Liverpool was in May 2013, over a year ago, also against QPR as an 86th minute substitute.

Before then he had found himself out of favour at the club and he then suffered a knee injury in an international friendly against Japan in August 2013 - which has ruled him out for the 2013-14 season.

But despite that he is highly rated by Oscar Tabarez, who decided to include him in the final 23 for Brazil despite his continued injury problems.

The World Cup will therefore afford him the opportunity to put himself in the shop window for a potential summer move from Liverpool - in order to get first-team football elsewhere as he does not seem to be a part of Brendan Rodgers' plans at Anfield.

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