Sebastian Coates set for Liverpool loan exit

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Sebastian Coates is close to ending his nightmare spell at Liverpool and returning to Uruguay on loan, reports talkSPORT.

The centre-back has struggled to assert himself since moving to Anfield in 2011 with constant injury issues preventing him from breaking in to the first team.

Brendan Rodgers gave Coates a vote of no confidence in the summer, opting to sign Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure in the summer, sealing the 23-year-old's place as a reserve.

Coates is still recovering from a serious knee injury sustained in August and isn't expected to return until the spring.

Even so, Coates is reportedly close to sealing an exit from Liverpool with Uruguayan club Nacional Montevideo keen to take him on loan.

Coates still harbours ambitions of making Uruguay's World Cup squad, which will almost certainly contain Liverpool team mate Luis Suarez, fitness assumed.

"You always think positively, I think that's the most important thing," he is quoted as saying on talkSPORT.

"In my case, I keep myself going by focusing on getting back as quickly as I can, and with the national team, the World Cup is another goal to help me with my recovery," Coates added.

Coates has started just six games in the Premier League for Liverpool in a two-and-a-half year spell, scoring one goal.

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