Nicolás Lodeiro has been left off Uruguray’s 26-man roster for a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Uruguay is scheduled to play Chile at home on March 26 and are playing at Ecuador on March 31. The Sounders have matches scheduled on March 21 and April 3, but have a bye week on March 28.
This will be the second straight set of matches that Lodeiro has not played for Uruguay — he was not called up for two November friendlies, either — but he had been part of their Copa America squad before that.
Likely complicating this particular situation is that Lodeiro has been rehabbing from knee tendonitis all offseason and has not participated in a competitive match since last November’s MLS Cup. Although Lodeiro has resumed training and is expected to make his return soon, he may not be fully fit by the time Uruguay plays these matches.
Throughout his Sounders tenure, Lodeiro has gone in and out of Óscar Tabárez’s squad. He was among the final cuts for the 2018 World Cup squad but then made three starts in the most recent Copa America.