Suarez: I knew I'd make it
Luis Suarez (AFP)
Cape Town - Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is confident he will be fit in time for the World Cup finals, despite only recently having undergone surgery on his knee.
The Liverpool superstar went under the knife less than two weeks ago in a bid to help speed up his recovery from meniscus damage, raising concerns over his availability at Brazil 2014.
However, the forward has revealed he never considered missing the South American spectacular, saying: "Emotionally, I've felt fine; psychologically, I've been spectacular.
"At no time did I feel pressured. At no time have I felt sad because at no point did I think there was a chance of me missing the World Cup. The thought never went through my mind.
"I could have really cried (in pain) because of this injury but I didn't, because I knew. I knew when the doctor first spoke to me three little tears fell, but no more. My wife said, 'I can't believe how strong you're being' but I knew I'd make it.
"Injuries are not only a physical question, which is the most important thing of course, but also a question of your mind. If you're thinking, 'I'm not going to make it', 'I can't cope', 'It hurts', 'It's never going to get better', then it won't.
"My objective was clear: Be strong emotionally and physically. I wanted my children to be able to see me play at the World Cup.
"If they had said to me that the extent of the injury was greater, I'd have been worried. But knowing the grade of the injury, I was confident. I knew that there was time to make it."