BE PART OF THE TEAM

Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership

Become A Member
Dublin: 9°C Friday 7 May 2021
Advertisement

Luis Suarez's doctor optimistic that he will be fit for the World Cup

Uruguay’s talisman is currently recovering from knee surgery.

Suarez is hoping to be ready for next month's World Cup finals.
Suarez is hoping to be ready for next month's World Cup finals.
Image: EMPICS Sport

URUGUAY’S STAR STRIKER Luis Suárez is recuperating after undergoing surgery to repair knee meniscus damage in training and is “doing well” as he fights to get fit for the World Cup, team doctor Alberto Pan has said.

The 27-year-old — who is set to clash with Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard as Uruguay has been drawn with England, Italy and Costa Rica, had the surgery late last week after injuring his knee in training on Wednesday.

“It augurs well that things have gone very well following the operation and that he has plenty of optimism right now and a great desire to keep getting better,” Pan told a press conference.

“Today, there is no pain,” added Pan after the Liverpool hitman, a mainstay of the side which reached the semi-finals at the 2010 finals, went under the knife for the injury to his left knee just 23 days before two-times champions Uruguay meet Costa Rica in their group opener ahead of games with England and Italy.

Pan warned even so that “it is still premature to put an exact date on when he will return to normal activity and fitness.

“The first week entails observation, rest and weight training,” said Pan, adding that the medical team would assess things from there.

Be part
of the team

Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership.

Become a Member

He added that Suarez, who enjoyed a superlative season in becoming the first Liverpool player to score 30 league goals in a season since Ian Rush 27 years ago, would bounce back as “Luis is an athlete with an exceptional constitution.”

He saluted the striker’s “very positive character” and noted that “he has all the basic conditions (required) to make the best of recoveries”.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez stressed he would wait on Suarez’s fitness before determining what role he would play at the finals.

“Things with Luis will depend on how things go with his knee. Our main concern is the player’s health,” Tabarez told reporters. while adding that he hoped “his fitness will permit him to participate.”

- © AFP, 2012

It’s the anniversaries of two of the greatest injury-time goals in football history

‘Next year is a big year for us’ – Delaney expects Irish crowds to return in 2015

About the author:

AFP

Read next:

COMMENTS (10)