PHOTO: How Sebastian Coates watched Uruguay defeat Japan

Liverpool-owned defender Sebastian Coates, who joined Sunderland on loan on transfer deadline day, cheered his Uruguay teammates against Japan.

Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates had to withdraw from Uruguay’s squad for their match against Japan on Friday due to injury.

The 23-year-old centre-back has often struggled with injuries in the last few years, and this recent problem saw him left out of the team for the friendly international at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo.

However, that did not prevent Coates from watching the game and supporting his teammates. The former Nacional star, who signed a season-long loan deal with Sunderland on transfer deadline day, followed the match on TV.

Coates posted the following photo on Instagram along with the message: ‘Mirando el partido de mis compañeros!!’ (‘Watching my teammates!!’).

South American giants Uruguay were without striker Luis Suarez, who is still serving his nine-match international ban, but they did not seem to miss the former Liverpool star, who joined Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani broke the deadlock on 34 minutes and newly-signed Hull City striker Abel Hernandez made it 2-0 with 20 minutes of the encounter remaining.

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