Updated: Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:59 | By Agence France-Presse

Uruguay's Lugano out of England clash

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has been ruled out of the key World Cup Group D clash with England due to a knee injury, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) said Wednesday.

Uruguay's Lugano out of England clash

Uruguay's defender Diego Lugano in action during a Group D football match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014 - by Ronaldo Schemidt

The central defender, who was released by West Bromwich Albion last month, is out with pain in the left knee which is not responding to treatment.

Lugano, 33, did not take a knock to the knee and scans have also failed to detect the cause of the problem, but he does not appear to need surgery, the AUF said.

His withdrawal is another blow to Uruguay, who have already lost right back Maxi Pereira through suspension after he was sent off in the 3-1 loss to Costa Rica.

But they are expected to welcome back Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who has been out after knee surgery, for Thursday's game where defeat is likely to spell doom for either team.

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