England Captain Steven Gerrard has said that he wants Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez to miss Uruguay’s clash with England at the World Cup after the player’s injury, according to Sky Sports.
However, the Liverpool and England man qualified his statement by saying that he wants to see Suarez return later in the World Cup,
"From a really selfish point of view it would really help England if he was not available, of course it would," said Gerrard.
"I know him personally and I wish him well.
"I just hope he's fit as soon as possible and certainly for when we go back with Liverpool."
Suarez was injured during Liverpool’s match against Newcastle; the final game of the Premier League season.
The Uruguayan has since had minor surgery after an MRI scan confirmed damage to his knee.
It was later confirmed by medical staff that the operation had been successful.
Uruguayan fans later issued death threats to Newcastle’s Paul Dummett, who tackled Suarez and was sent off; the card was later rescinded.
Suarez and Gerrard have played together at Anfield for three-and-a-half seasons, after the player made a £22.7m move to the club from Ajax in January 2011
The Anfield favourite has since scored 82 goals in 133 games for Liverpool, and was the Premier League’s top scorer last season after finding the net 31 times.
Despite the potential for Gerrard’s comments to cause consternation with Uruguayan fans, the player insisted that Suarez would understand where he is coming from.
“The final group game and then Liverpool would be fine. From a selfish point of view, he will understand that," said Gerrard.
Indeed, Suaez could turn out to be crucial for England’s chances of reaching the knock-out stages of the competition if the player returns to perform well against Italy, England’s main group rivals.
Despite the initial concern that yet another big player would miss the upcoming World Cup, the general consensus is that the player will be fit for at least part of the tournament; whether or not he will be at his best is another question.