Luis Suarez could miss 2014 World Cup with a knee injury
Suarez faces a knee operation, with Uruguayan FA optimistic that their star striker will be fit for the opening game in Brazil
May 22nd, 2014
England have so far managed to avoid any injuries since their 23-man squad was announced by Roy Hodgson, although the same can’t be said of Group D rivals Uruguay who could be without Luis Suarez for next month’s World Cup.
Suarez injured his knee in training on Wednesday and now faces an anxious race to be fit for his country’s opening game against Costa Rica, with the Uruguayan FA putting a brave face on things and remaining optimistic that the striker will recover quickly.
The 27-year-old Liverpool striker will have keyhole surgery on Thursday to repair damage to his meniscus, says Uruguayan broadcasters Tenfield.
Recovery normally takes between 15 and 20 days, adds the report.
Suarez was the Premier League’s top scorer last season and the Liverpool man is clearly the big danger for England when the two teams meet in Brazil, with the Uruguyan set to go up against club team-mates Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge.
Roy Hodgson is feeling positive as his team continue to prepare for the World Cup, with sports scientists at the ready to make sure no stone is unturned in England’s quest for glory.
“We thought we were being quite professional in our preparation but if you compare it with what we are doing now it was unbelievably amateurish. Football has moved on in sports science. The people here are the top people in their areas of expertise, chipping in to help the players get the very best out of their performances.”