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Nicolas Lodeiro officially left off Uruguay World Cup roster

Midfielder will likely return to the Sounders this week, but his health status is unknown.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Uruguay at Jamaica John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Nicolas Lodeiro will not be going to the World Cup this summer. The midfielder was among the final cuts from Uruguay’s 23-man roster that was officially announced on Saturday. This would have been Lodeiro’s third World Cup, but it was likely the last chance for the 29-year-old. With a Copa America on the horizon in the summer of 2019, though, plenty of near term national team opportunities remain.

Although Lodeiro was a regular call-up to Uruguay during his Seattle Sounders tenure, he had clearly fallen down the pecking order. His last start for La Celeste was back in October 2016 and his last appearance of any kind was last October when he played 13 minutes in a World Cup qualifier against Bolivia.

Making matters worse, Lodeiro came into Uruguay’s pre-World Cup in questionable health. A broken toe had kept him out of the Sounders lineup since April 29, as the Sounders had seemingly allowed him to try to get fully healed in an attempt to make the World Cup roster. No matter the state of his toe, though, Lodeiro was unlikely to be at full fitness.

Assuming he’s managed to at least heal up, Lodeiro would likely be available to play in the June 9 home match against D.C. United. The Sounders also play in the Open Cup against the Sacramento Republic on June 6 but it would be highly unusual for a Designated Player to take the field in their first round of Open Cup action.

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