Uruguay ace will come back fighting fit

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has promised to be 100 per cent fit for the new season, despite turning out for Uruguay at this summer's Copa America.

The 24-year-old made his first appearances of the tournament in Uruguay's opening group game against Peru on Monday.

But Suarez, who also competed for the South Americans at last summer's World Cup, has rubbished suggestions that he may suffer from burn-out.

“I don’t think I’ll have any problems at all,” Suarez said. “I think when you start to get to 28 or 29 as a player, tiredness creeps in, but at my age all you want to do is play football all the time. There will be no problems me coming back in good condition.”

Uruguay have been drawn against Peru, Chile and Mexico in Group C, and the World Cup semi-finalists are seen as one of the main contenders for the trophy they last won back in 1995.

And the former Ajax striker, scorer of three goals during last summer's tournament in South Africa, believes his country can now be considered in the same bracket as Brazil and Argentina.

“It’s an important trophy for us because it’s 16 years since Uruguay actually won the Copa America,” he added.

“We go there with a good World Cup record but that’s the past now. What counts is the present, but certainly we go there with a lot of optimism.

"Argentina and Brazil will be battling for the title, the same as ever. Argentina are the hosts and Brazil are Brazil! But you have to throw Chile and Uruguay into the mix. That, for me, is the top four.”

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