London: Uruguay’s World Cup preparations have been thrown into turmoil with the news that the Luis Suarez, has picked up a knee injury.
Suarez felt discomfort after twisting his knee in training, and tests later revealed meniscus damage.
The Liverpool forward will undergo surgery as soon as possible and, according to the Uruguay camp, he should be ready for the World Cup. However, that is in some doubt. Recovery from this type of injury normally takes between four to six weeks, and Suarez would be pushing those limits.
At the very least, the procedure will cut down on his ability to train leading up to Uruguay’s opening match at the World Cup, against Costa Rica on June 14. Uruguay play England on June 19, four weeks away.
Suarez is the focal point of a Uruguay attack, which also features Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan, and his absence would be a major blow were he not to recover in time. On the flip side, it would greatly benefit Roy Hodgson’s England, who know only too well how dangerous the striker can be having seen him star for Liverpool in this season’s Premier League title challenge.
“According to the report I received a while ago, we are optimistic that he can go to the World Cup,” secretary of Uruguay’s national team Roberto Pastoriza said.
“It was all a surprise. Suarez trained with a niggle and decided to have an MRI.
“Until a while ago, the last information I had was that they were deciding what to do. The issue officially will be announced by the AUF.”
If Suarez is unable to go, he will join an ever-growing list of stars who have been ruled out of, or are at risk of missing, the tournament through injury. That list includes Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao, Christian Benteke, Kevin Strootman, Jay Rodriguez and Theo Walcott.
Spain striker Fernando Torres had meniscus surgery ahead of the 2010 World Cup, playing his first match seven weeks after the operation.