Darwin Nunez is reportedly on the brink of joining Liverpool and was left out of Uruguay’s 5-0 friendly win over Panama on Saturday.
The striker’s absence from the game in Montevideo has been confirmed following the announcement of the teams.
A short message on Uruguay’s Twitter page simply listed Nunez among the four players who would not take part in the match, for no apparent reason.
That development came as a result of a move to Liverpool, with Benfica reportedly receiving an initial offer of £ 68.3million (€ 80m).
The Reds look set to win the most coveted striker in world football.
Nunez has scored 34 goals in 41 games for Benfica in 2021-22 – including six in 10 of the UEFA Champions League, as he netted in both legs of the quarter-final against Liverpool.
The signing of the 22-year-old looks set to allow the sale of Sadio Mane, who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich before his contract expires next year.
While Nunez was absent on Saturday, Edinson Cavani beat Uruguay on both sides.
The leading veteran contacted Giorgian de Arrascaeta to find the net from a short distance six minutes before the break, then got the second within three minutes of the start, turning the venue after winning the penalty himself.
Other goals followed from Nicolas De La Cruz, Maxi Gomez and Diego Rossi to ensure a final result on one side.