Soccer-Colombia and Ecuador call up squad replacements


SAO PAULO, June 9 (Reuters) - Colombia and Ecuador have both made last-minute replacements to their World Cup squads because of injuries players suffered in warmup matches.

Segundo Castillo, a veteran midfielder who played for Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, has failed to recover from a knee injury he suffered on May 31, the Ecuadorean Football Federation said in a statement on Monday.

Castillo sustained the injury in a tackle with Mexico's Luis Montes during a friendly in Arlington, Texas. Montes broke his leg and was immediately withdrawn from Mexico's squad after their 3-1 win.

Coach Reinaldo Rueda called up Chivas USA midfielder Oswaldo Minda in Castillo's place for the tournament starting on Thursday.

Ecuador, due to travel to Brazil on Tuesday, are drawn in Group E with Switzerland, Honduras and France.

Colombia midfielder Aldo Leao Ramirez took a knock during practice last week, missing their 3-0 win in a friendly over Jordan in Buenos Aires on Friday.

He is being replaced by winger Carlos Carbonero, who helped River Plate win the Argentine league title last month, the Colombian Football Federation said in a statement at the weekend.

Ramirez is the fourth player Colombia have lost to injuries after top striker Radamel Falcao, midfielder Edwin Valencia and defender Luis Perea.

Colombia face Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan in Group C. (Reporting Alexandra Valencia in Quito and Luis Jaime Acosta in Bogota; Writing by Rex Gowar; editing by Julian Linden)

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