Luis Suarez looks set to miss the start of the World Cup after picking up a knee injury in training on Wednesday.
The Uruguayan hitman – who won both the PFA Player of the Year award and shared the European golden boot following an outstanding season for the Reds – is set to undergo surgery that will almost certainly rule him out of the start this summer’s tournament in Brazil, and might see him miss the competition altogether.
Liverpool fans can rest easy though, as the injury shouldn’t see him miss more than six weeks – leaving plenty of time for recover before the start of pre-season.
“It was all unexpected. The latest information is that we are deciding what to do, but there are increased possibilities (involving surgery).” Said a spokesman for the Uruguayan FA.
“I can’t tell you anything more. The AUF (Uruguay Federation) will announce it officially on Thursday morning.”
Uruguay have been tipped by some as potential world champions, but the loss of their star striker will no doubt be a big blow. Waiting in the wings though is Diego Forlan – who may be past his best but is still a hero for his national side and a big threat. The South Americans do of course also have another world-class hitman in the form of Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.
Oscar Tabarez will have until June 2nd to decide whether or not to include Suarez in Uruguay’s finalised 23-man squad. Should the forward not be ready in time the manager will most likely pick from Espanyol’s Christian Stuani or Palermo’s Abel Hernandez as replacements.