UPDATE (June 7): Nicolas Lodeiro is currently heading back to Seattle, is expected to train with the team on Friday and should at least be available for selection for Saturday’s game, a Sounders spokesperson confirmed. How big of a role he can play on Saturday remains an open question, but it’s at least good to see him back after he was not selected for Uruguay’s World Cup team.
TUKWILA, Wash. — Nicolas Lodeiro was not training with his Seattle Sounders teammates on Monday despite not being named to Uruguay’s World Cup roster over the weekend. Head coach Brian Schmetzer said the timeline for Lodeiro’s return was not yet set. Lodeiro has missed Seattle’s last six matches while recovering from a broken toe and attempting to make Uruguay’s squad.
Schmetzer said the club was still working with the Uruguayan Football Association to coordinate Lodeiro’s release.
“We are working on a timeline,” Schmetzer said. “We have been in contact with him. They have a game on Thursday down in Uruguay. It’s a fluid situation. We’re trying to get resolution as soon as possible because we need him. As soon as I know, I will give you further information.”
The comment allowed for the possibility that Lodeiro may be involved in Uruguay’s friendly against Uzbekistan as his country undergoes its final preparations for the World Cup. With Lodeiro not going to Russia, it seems improbable that he would play in that match, but a delay in his return may affect his availability for selection against D.C. United Saturday.
Lodeiro, who had a broken toe when he was named to Uruguay’s preliminary 26-man World Cup roster, had played the full 90 minutes in all five of his league appearances for Seattle this season.
Schmetzer said that while he expects Lodeiro will be disappointed to not be headed for Russia with his national team, he thinks the midfielder will be mentally locked in when he returns to the club.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Nico Lodeiro has the highest character,” Schmetzer said. “Whatever team he is playing for he will give it his utmost whether that is Uruguay or the Seattle Sounders, there is no doubt that that is going to happen.
“He’s committed to the team. He might need time to process a few things, but he’s still going to go out and do the work on the field. I have no question that he will do the work on the field.”
Schmetzer said he is not sure what Lodeiro’s injury situation is, but he knows conversations between his medical staff and the Uruguayan FA have been ongoing.