Suarez, Cavani out

MONTEVIDEO: Suspended strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were missing from the 23-man Uruguay squad announced by the Uruguayan FA to prepare for 2018 World Cup qualifiers in October.

Both are eligible for friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica next month but coach Oscar Tabarez has picked players available for the South American qualifiers starting on October 5.

Suarez, who has served five matches of a nine-match FIFA ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup, can only return for Uruguay’s fifth qualifier away to Brazil next March. Cavani, controversially banned for two matches for hitting out at Chile’s Gonzalo Jara after the defender poked him during Copa America match, will be available for their third qualifier away to Ecuador.