Uruguay will depart for South Africa after an ideal preparation for the FIFA World Cup™, according to coach Oscar Washington Tabarez. La Celeste have been training in Montevideo and Tabarez is pleased with how his side are progressing.

He said: "We have no injury concerns and everyone looks in good shape. Certain players that may have arrived with less playing time like (Juventus defender Martin) Caceres still have two weeks to improve their condition. We will begin working on Thursday focusing on the tactics and concepts before our opening game against France."

Uruguay, who are at the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time since 2002, are in Group A alongside host nation South Africa, Mexico and France.

"Our aim is to do a good job at the World Cup and I have it very clear in my mind what we need to do," said Tabarez.

Uruguay will train behind closed doors on Thursday before taking a charter flight 24 hours later to Johannesburg. The South American side will then move to their training camp in Kimberley.