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MONTEVIDEO, April 29 (AFP)
Uruguay and coach Victory Pua have a striking conundrum to solve as they head into their first World Cup for more than a decade.
The two-time champions' qualifying campaign rumbled to a close last November when the Sky Blues squeezed into their ninth finals after a play-off victory over Australia, sparking wild celebrations in Montevideo.
Yet Pua's bust-up with Dario Silva - centring around allegations of call-girls - has overshadowed Uruguay's preparations for the finals, where they face France, Senegal and Denmark in Group A.
An angry Silva accused Pua of being behind the stories. He later absolved Pua of blame but remains on poor terms with the coach, who has struggled to win over his squad since replacing Daniel Passarella in February last year.
The icy relationship with Silva represents a problem for Pua as Uruguay prepare for their first appearance at the World Cup since 1990, when they were eliminated in the first phase.p
First-choice throughout Uruguay's qualifying campaign, Malaga forward Silva fits perfectly into his coach's preferred tactical formation, often packing the midfield and leaving Silva as a lone forward.
The alternative is to try the talented, but untested, Diego Forlan, who has fought his way into the Uruguay squad since transferring to Manchester United from Argentina's Independiente earlier this season.
Pua is not known to be massively keen on Forlan however, and has in the past cast doubt on the English-based player's finishing ability. But if relations with Silva do not improve, Pua may be tempted into gambling on Forlan.
Elsewhere Inter Milan's Alvaro Recoba - reportedly the highest paid player in Serie A - adds creative flair to Uruguay's attacking options, able to play as an orthodox forward or 'in the hole' behind Silva.
Recoba's prowess from freekicks will be one of Uruguay's most useful weapons at the World Cup, the Serie A star's cultured left foot capable of ferocious exocets or wicked curlers.
While Pua is mulling his options in attack, he should have no such worries at the back. Uruguay's defence conceded a miserly 13 goals in their 18 qualifying matches, the best record of any country in South America's 10-team league.
Marshalling the rearguard is likely to be captain Paolo Montero, who has forged a reputation as one of the most compromising defenders in Serie A during a successful six-year spell with Juventus.
Despite Pua's much-publicised spats with Uruguay's old guard, he is credited with unearthing the next generation of talent.
The wise heads of Recoba, Silva and Montero have often found themselves surrounded by baby-faced veterans of Uruguay's successful 1997 World Youth Cup campaign, where Pua led them to the final.
Pua has also used five players from Uruguay's 1999 World Youth Cup squad, which he again led to the last four.
The Uruguayan coach is under no illusions about the difficulty of the task facing his young team.
"They will all be tough matches," said Pua. "Even though France are the champions I don't want to say which will be the toughest. Every game will have its own difficulties and each match will be highly competitive."

I dont't believe there will be any problem.Uruguay has depth in their choices.
 

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Many of Pua's players might play away from Uruguay, but the CORE of the group have grown together as soccer players going back a few years now .. They should be a coherent team and that's half the battle !!! :smileani:
 

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Silva was mad because there were rumors about him being with call girls, and Pua didn't defend him. These rumors caused he and his wife to split up for some time.

He said that Pua new the truth about the situation and when the media starting reporting the wild stories it was Pua's job to defend him as a one of his players.

Frankly I think Silva was right. But since then they have came to an agreement, and have siad the whole incident was one big missunderstanding.

Silva will start for sure, and he will have a partner upfront. Uruguay played the entire WCQ with to forwards. It might be Recoba, Mallaganes, Abreu, Morales, and maybe even Forlan.
But they will not play with only one forward.
 

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It won't be clever Uruguay to play with only one forward.

I believe too they will play with two up front.
 
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