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Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 14:19 GMT 15:19 UK
Abreu and O'Neill on the mend
Fabian O'Neill has been struggling with tendonitis
Fabian O'Neill has been struggling with tendonitis

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Sebastian Abreu says he is over the injury picked up during last Friday during a friendly against China.

The Uruguay striker was unable to train at the start of the week because of the foot injury.

"Luckily, I am better. I felt no pain today and tomorrow I will be able to take part in the whole of training, including activities with the ball," Abreu told the Tenfieldigital website.

The Uruguaya squad is training at a camp in Gotemba, Japan.

Coach Victor Pua is still without another of his key players, midfielder Fabian O'Neill, who is suffering from tendinitis.

"I am feeling better, but the tendon still hurts me a bit. Let's hope tomorrow I will be able to practise normally," O'Neill told Tenfieldigital.

Uruguay plan two more friendlies before the World Cup. On Saturday, they play Japanese side Yokohama Marinos in Gotemba and three days later meet the US national team in Seoul.

The Americans beat Uruguay 2-1 in a match played in Washington recently.

Uruguay were due to play Japanese club Abirex Niigata on Thursday but cancelled on Wednesday because Pua said his players were too tired.

About 9,000 tickets for the game at Niigata Athletic Stadium had been sold and the club is anxious to recoup its losses.

"We are going to negotiate with the Uruguay side and we will take action in accordance with the contract," Abirex Niigata executive director Yukio Nakano told a news conference.

About 9,000 tickets for Thursday's match had been sold at the Niigata Athletic Stadium, according to the club.

Uruguay arrived in Japan after beating China 2-0 in Shenyang last Thursday, but quickly left for Singapore for another friendly on Tuesday against Singapore, which they won 2-1.

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