News was broken on Thursday that Luis Suarez has been forced to have surgery on his knee.
As Suarez was training with the Uruguay national team this week, he suffered an injury to his knee and an MRI scan revealed that the Uruguayan talisman had picked up a meniscus injury. In the opinion of the national team medics Suarez had no option but to undergo a minor keyhole operation.
To recover from this specific injury, players generally need between two to five or six weeks, but with the Fifa World Cup just on the horizon, Suarez is going to have to recover within 23 days to be fit in time for Uruguay's opener against Costa Rica on June 14.
Despite the possibility of the Liverpool hit man missing Uruguay's whole World Cup campaign, the national team is confident that their star player will be fit and raring to go for the South American's second match against England on June 19. Marcus Christensen of The Guardian was told by his source in Uruguay that the national team believe that Suarez's injury: "Isn't serious enough to rule him out of the World Cup," and that he could: "Still face England".
This injury still comes as a huge blow to Uruguay's chances at the tournament, and even with the Uruguayan camp feeling optimistic about Suarez's recovery time and happy that the injury wasn't as serious as first thought, his lack of fitness and match practice upon recovery would still leave the team missing his X factor.
A Uruguayan team without Suarez lacks some teeth and would be a far less imposing prospect in what is one of the toughest groups at the tournament. If Suarez does recover in time, then his lack of match practice will mean that England, as well as Costa Rica and Italy, will not be facing the same Suarez that we saw rip up the Premier League this season.
For the World Cup as a spectacle however, the tournament would really miss the undeniable quality that the 27-year-old would bring to the table, and after this shocking news, Uruguay are going to be sweating until the very last second over the current PFA Player of the Year's fitness.
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