Glen Johnson says Luis Suarez will be fit to face England for Uruguay when the countries meet in their World Cup clash.
Suarez is in a race against time to be fit for the summer’s tournament, having suffered a knee injury during the 2-1 win over Newcastle on the final day of the season.
The 27-year-old has undergone surgery on the problem since, and Johnson has backed his Liverpool teammate to be fit for the summer’s tournament which kicks off in just over two weeks time.
“He doesn’t think it’s that bad so he thinks he’ll be ok,” Johnson said. “My only focus is on a personal level that I don’t want to see him injured.
“He’s a good lad and I get on well with him so of course I don’t want him to be injured.
“But we just have to focus on ourselves and let everybody else focus on the other teams.”
Johnson has also backed Liverpool teammates Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson to shine in Brazil.
“It’s great to see a few more Liverpool players in the England squad,” he added. “Obviously Raheem and Jordan have been brilliant for us, domestically they have been fantastic.
“I’m sure they’ll get their chance to shine out here and play their part. They have been fantastic together; they work well together when we have got the ball and when we haven’t got the ball.
“Obviously for me seeing it every week in Liverpool, I’d like to see them play together definitely.
“Raheem, when he plays on the right or the left, he’s been equally effective as well. He can bring the element of surprise and not too many players in the World Cup have played against him so hopefully that could be a positive for us and play into our hands.”