Brazil 2014: Suarez not Ruled out of the World Cup

Probably to the disappointment of most non Uruguayan supporters, Luis Suarez has not been ruled out of the World Cup following a knee injury. The free-scoring Liverpool player is vital to Uruguay and their preparation to progress from Group D the group that England are in and the 2 teams are due to uruguay_fansmeet on 19th June. The Liverpool player was voted player of the year in England by the Professional Footballers Association.

After a MRI Scan the Uruguay Football Association (AUF) decided that the 27-year-old should undertake a minor operation following a training ground injury that damaged his meniscus in his left knee.

Suarez’s arthroscopic surgery lasted 30 minutes and the AUF remain hopeful that he’ll be fit for the world cup. The AUF statement said:-

Yesterday, Wednesday 21st of May, Luis Suarez suffered an intense pain in his left knee after an undergoing a normal warm up,”. He had an MRI scan which confirmed a partial lesion of the external meniscus of his left knee.

On Thursday morning, he underwent an arthroscopic partial resection of his meniscus in the Medica Uruguaya hospital. There was no evidence of any further damage to the knee. His participation to the World Cup in Brazil has not been ruled out.

We (AUF president Wilmar Valdez) know the surgery was a success and that the injury is not serious. We have to wait and see how he recovers.uruguay_flag

We had very little time to react and without knowing the extent of the injury, we didn’t want to raise the alarm to the public. These are injuries that, considering Suarez’s fitness and if the recovery is good, will not take long for him to return to play.

We have to calculate if he will arrive for the first, second of third (group game at the World Cup). We know that normally the recovery period, if all goes well, is around 15 days to return to training.

We all know what Luis represents to the national team and more so, considering the great form he was in. Considering how valuable he is to the national team, it is a big concern for us.