Uruguay name Copa America squad; Luis Suarez remains banned from participating

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The reigning Copa America champions have announced their provisional squad list, with the notable absence of Barcelona star, Luis Suarez.

Ahead of the Copa America 2015 tournament, which takes place between 11th June and 4th July this summer, in host nation Chile, 2011 winners Uruguay have announced their provisional squad of 27 players.

The biggest absence is that of Barcelona star, Luis Suarez, who remains suspended from international action, following the biting incident involving Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini, during the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Whilst the end of that ban could have seen Suarez feature in the final stages of the Copa America, both he and national team manager, Oscar Tabarez, reached an understanding that it wouldn't serve the best interests of either.

As such, Uruguay will have to do without the key influence of Suarez, after his four goals and Player of the Tournament award winning performances, which helped them to triumph in 2011, beating Paraguay in the final.

Of the provisional 27-man squad, which will be shortened to a final list of 23 before the finals begin, Uruguay can still boast the experience of 12 players who featured at the 2011 tournament.

Only two players from the English Premier League are amongst the provisional list. They are Hull City striker, Abel Hernandez, and Sunderland defender, Sebastian Coates.

The strongest contingent of players from one club, comes from Atletico Madrid, who provide three players, defenders Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez, plus winger Cristian 'Cebolla' Rodriguez, despite unsuccessful loan spells with Parma and Gremio.

Here's the provisional Uruguay squad in full:

Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray)

Martín Silva (Vasco da Gama)

Rodrigo Muñoz (Libertad)

Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica)

Matías Aguirregaray (Estudiantes L)

José María Giménez (Atlético de Madrid)

Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid)

Sebastián Coates (Sunderland)

Emiliano Velázquez (Getafe)

Gastón Silva (Torino)

Álvaro Pereira (Estudiantes LP)

Mathías Corujo (Universidad de Chile)

Jorge Fucile (Nacional)

Camilo Mayada (River Plate)

Álvaro González (Torino)

Carlos Sánchez (River Plate)

Egidio Arévalo Ríos (Tigres)

Walter Gargano (Napoli)

Guzmán Pereira (Universidad de Chile)

Nicolás Lodeiro Boca Juniors)

Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid)

Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro)

Diego Rolan (Bordeaux)

Jonathan Rodríguez (Benfica)

Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)

Cristhian Stuani (Espanyol)

Abel Hernández (Hull City)

Uruguay begin their defence of the Copa America on 13th June, with an opening encounter against Jamaica. On 16th June, they face pre-tournament favourites, Argentina. The final Group B fixture on 20th June, sees a repeat of the 2011 final, as the Uruguayans take on Paraguay once more.

From there, should Uruguay progress, the quarter-finals take place between 24th and 27th June, whilst the semi-finals are scheduled for 29th and 30th June. The third place playoff is set for 3rd July, followed by the final on 4th July in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

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