Uruguay received a welcome boost on Thursday after it was announced Luis Suarez is likely to recover in time for next month’s World Cup in Brazil.
The English Premier League’s top scorer and player of the year underwent keyhole surgery on an injured knee after he felt pain during a routine training session on Wednesday with his international squad in Montevideo.
Although such a procedure normally requires a lengthy spell on the sidelines, the Uruguayan FA says the talismanic striker could return to training in just over a fortnight and therefore be fit in time for FIFA’s flagship event.
Uruguay have been drawn in Group D alongside England, Italy and Costa Rica against whom they open up their campaign on June 14 in Fortaleza.
Suarez has been in dazzling form this season and reached a Premier League goal tally of 31 – despite missing the first five matches through suspension
His deadly form in front of goal helped Liverpool rise from a seventh-place finish in 2012-13 to second in 2013-14.
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