Lugano desperate to make semi

05 July 2010 09:30

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano will find out on Monday whether he will be fit to face Holland in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final, insisting he is ready to play through the pain.

The Fenerbahce defender limped out of his country's quarter-final encounter with Ghana after just 38 minutes with a knee injury and is now a major doubt for the South Americans.

"I was lucky enough to train and run in a straight line without pain, which is good news because it's only 48 hours since I was injured," Lugano said. "Now we'll have to wait until the last minute."

He added: "I don't mind playing through the pain, but the point is to be 100% ready for a match of this level. We will evaluate if I'm okay or not on Monday."

Lugano has been one of the star performers for La Celeste so far, helping them top a tough Group A, which also included hosts South Africa, 1998 winners France and Mexico. They have since beaten South Korea and the Ghanaians to seal a first semi-final appearance in 40 years.

But the 29-year-old concedes the short turnaround between games is making his race to be fit for the last-four clash in Cape Town increasingly difficult.

He continued: "With just four days between games that's not much time, it'll be very difficult (to be fit).

"I have to be honest with the team and if I'm not able to play there are other players who can come in and do a good job.

"I'm doing everything I can to be fit and then the coaching staff and doctor will make a decision about whether I play."

Oscar Tabarez's team are already without key striker Luis Suarez and full-back Jorge Fucile, who are suspended, while defender Diego Godin is a doubt with a thigh problem.

Source: PA