Luis Suarez may miss World Cup after picking up knee injury
England’s chances of progressing from the group stages of the World Cup in Brazil have been given a huge boost today after reports emerged that Uruguay’s star striker Luis Suarez is to undergo urgent surgery on a knee injury.
Suarez is reported to have felt discomfort in his knee during national team training last night and, according to the Uruguayan journalist Martin Charquero, tests later revealed he had suffered damage to his meniscus.
The Liverpool forward was expected to undergo surgery at 7.30am this morning – but Charquero said the Uruguary camp is nonetheless confident they can get him back in time for the start of the tournament.
A Uruguay FA official has admitted that the news has come as a shock, and that the FA will make an official announcement later this morning.
He said: "It was all unexpected. The latest information is that we are deciding what to do, but there are increased possibilities (involving surgery).
"I can’t tell you anything more. The AUF (Uruguay Federation) will announce it officially on Thursday morning."
Uruguay, however, remain confident at this stage that Suarez will be fit for the tournament in Brazil.
"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 told ovaciondigital.com.
"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 on Thursday morning."
The country’s first match, against Costa Rica, is scheduled for 14 June – yet according to reports from NBC Sports, recovery from a meniscus procedure typically takes between four and six weeks.
Uruguay are due to play England on 19 June. The group also contains Italy, who England will face first.