Honduras coach omits trio
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Honduras head coach Reinaldo Rueda has left Noel Valladares, Ramon Nunez and Osman Chavez out of his squad for the friendly international against Turkey.

Colombia-born Rueda decided to rest Olimpia goalkeeper Valladares, a squad regular during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualification campaign, and midfielder Nunez. Chavez was not named because "he has not played for four months", according to Rueda.

Honduras will travel to Istanbul with a strong squad containing nine foreign-based players, but one surprise name is Mauricio Sabillon, who has recently been transferred to Hangzhou Luchen, a team recently relegated from the Chinese Super League.

Wigan Athletic's Maynor Figueroa and Hendry Thomas, Tottenham Hotspur's Wilson Palacios and Genoa striker David Suazo are also part of the squad for the match on 3 March.

Honduras have been drawn in Group H for South Africa 2010, alongside Spain, Chile and Switzerland.

Honduras squad:
Goalkeepers:
Ricardo Canales (Motagua), Donis Escober (Olimpia)

Defenders: Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic), Erick Norales (Marathon), Edgar Alvarez (Bari), Johny Palacios (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Motagua), Victor Bernardez (Anderlecht), Mauricio Sabillon (Hangzhou Luchen), Mariano Acevedo (Marathon)

Midfielders: Amado Guevara (Motagua), Danilo Turcios (Olimpia), Julio Cesar de Leon (Torino), Wilson Palacios (Tottenham Hotspur), Hendry Thomas (Wigan Athletic)

Forwards: David Suazo (Genoa), Carlos Pavon (Real Espana), Walter Martinez (Marathon), Carlo Costly (Vaslui), Georgie Welcome (Motagua)