Uruguay v Northern Ireland Live Stream, Team News & Match Preview from Montevideo
Uruguay face Northern Ireland in Montevideo with the game available to watch live streaming online.
Kickoff is at 00:30 GMT from the Estadio Centenario Stadium in South America.
Uruguay will continue their world cup preparation when they on take on Northern Ireland in the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo.
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Oscar Tabarez’ side are tipped as one of the outsiders for the World Cup although that talk has disemated somewhat in the wake of the injury to Luis Suarez.
The Liverpool striker suffered meniscus damage in his left knee in training and underwent surgery raising questions over whether he will be fit for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
While the striker will miss his country’s build up, the 27 year old is expected to feature in the tournament itself.
His absence means that the likes of Diego Forlan, formerly of Manchester United and Atletico Madrid will lead the line alongside PSG star Edinson Cavani.
Dark horses they may be but they looked anything like outsiders in the latter part of the qualifiers and in fact they needed to come through an intercontinental play-off against Jordan to seal their place in the finals in Brazil.
However in Brazil they are. That of course is not the case for Saturday’s opponents, Northern Ireland.
With no World Cup to look forward to Micheal O’Neill’s men will be on building for the European qualifiers.
The Northern Ireland side have endured a miserable couple of years winning just three international since June 2009.
During that time they have played 40 games and have lost 25 times, drawing another 14 games.
There has been some memorable moments most notably the home win over Russia in August 2013 and the draw away to Portugal but they have been few and far between.
Given the small pool of players available to the former Shamrock Rovers manager young blood has been given the opportunity earlier than many would have expected and speaking ahead of the clash with the Uruguayan’s O’Neill wished that wasn’t the case.
“If I’m honest I wish it was harder for them to get to this level,” he said.
“It would benefit them more if it was more difficult to get to this level. They’re probably getting their chance a little bit easier than they should do.
“But of course it’s exciting to have the chance of working with them.
“The ones who are here are in a pool of players where the next generation of international players will come from. The only ones outside that pool will be through eligibility and they’re not coming out the woodwork.
“So while they’re very young they’re not that far from being involved. As we go into the first qualifier against Hungary in September it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that some of these younger players will be needed.”
O’Neill is set to hand three more young debuts this weekend with 18-year-old Fulham defender Liam Donnelly, 19-year-old Liverpool full-back Ryan McLaughlin and Doncaster’s 20-year-old centre-back Luke McCullough all poised to feature.