Luis Suarez finished his season with a stunning 31 league goals for Liverpool and was set to continue his goal run for Uruguay this summer if it were not for a surprise knee injury.
The striker supposedly picked up a knee injury while training with his national team in preparation for the World Cup.
Uruguayan journalist Martin Chaquero claims that Suarez felt something was wrong during training and prompted medical tests which revealed a damaged meniscus. Suarez then underwent knee surgery andChaquero believes that the striker may recover in time for the World Cup.
However, meniscus procedures are typically lengthy and recovery can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. Suarez would certainly be pushing himself ahead of the world's biggest event and it's doubtful that the doctors will give him the thumbs up after a shortened recovery period.
Even if the surgery isn't too extensive, meniscus repair is a delicate thing and the doctors will want to be sure Suarez is completely healed before sending him onto the world's biggest stage.
The Uruguayan camp will certainly be worrying because Suarez is an essential part of their squad's attacking abilities. Alongside the likes of Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan, Suarez could be a formidable force. But, facing the likelihood that their star player might miss out on the tournament, Oscar Tabarez might have to make some last minute changes.
Fernando Torres suffered a similar injury ahead of the 2010 World Cup and played his first match only seven weeks later, so there is still major hope that the Premier League Player of the Year will be prepared for the World Cup.
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