Liverpool FC defender Sebastian Coates is close to joining his former club Nacional on loan till the end of this season.

(c)CreativeCommons_Sebastian-Coates-007When Sebastian Coates joined Liverpool back in 2011, he was considered among the best young South American defenders at that point, but unfortunately for the 23-year-old, his career never took off at Anfield. The Uruguayan international has largely been overlooked, first by Kenny Dalglish and now by Brendan Rodgers and he has made only 12 appearances in the league in the last two and a half season.

Coates has already expressed his desire to leave the in the summer in search of regular first team action. With the World Cup looming large in the horizon, Coates needed to play in order to find a place in the national team squad. But unfortunately for him, he suffered a cruciate ligament rupture during a friendly against Japan, while he was on international duty back in August last year and he is expected to be out of action till next month.

Coates still has a slim chance of recovering in time for the World Cup, but he will have to receive regular first team action once he regains his fitness in order to make his mark and with Liverpool’s current depth at the back, he is unlikely to get that at Anfield. The Uruguayan is looking to return to his former club Nacional on loan till the end of this season in order to quicken his recovery from injury.

“It would be beautiful to join Nacional and complete my recovery in Uruguay with my family and friends..

“The negotiations can be hard sometimes, and we have to wait a bit.” – The Liverpool defender said in an interview.

The 23-year-old’s current contract with the club expires in 2016 and at this point it seems unlikely that he will have a future at Anfield, especially after the arrival of Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and another young defender – Tiago Ilori. Ilori has already joined La Liga club Granada on loan till the end of this season.