Thursday, 22 May 2014

Luis Suarez injures knee ahead of World Cup - Uruguay media

 Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has injured his knee in training and could be a doubt for the World Cup, according to media reports in his homeland.

The 27-year-old Liverpool striker will have keyhole surgery on Thursday to repair damage to his meniscus, says broadcaster Tenfield.

Estimates on his recovery range from 15 days to a minimum of four weeks.

Uruguay play England on 19 June in Sao Paulo after their Group D opener against Costa Rica on 14 June.

The length of Suarez's lay-off is likely to depend on the extent of the damage discovered during Thursday's procedure.

Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones took ten weeks to return to action after surgery on his meniscus - a wedge of cartilage that absorbs shock in the knee - in September 2012.
 Suarez finished as this season's Premier League leading scorer with 31 goals, despite missing the opening five matches through suspension.

His goals helped Liverpool to rise from a seventh-place finish in 2012-13 to second in 2013-14 and won him both the Professional Footballers' Association and Football Writers' Association player of the year awards.

He also finished as top-scorer in the South American section of World Cup qualifying, scoring 11 goals as Uruguay finished fifth in the continent's nine-team group.

Uruguay subsequently secured their place at the finals in Brazil by beating Jordan 5-0 in a play-off.

Suarez is a proven performer at major tournaments, helping Uruguay to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup and scoring four times as his side won the Copa America the following year.

His partnership with Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is a key part of coach Oscar Tabarez's plans.

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