Montevideo - Liverpool star Luis Suarez's participation at the World Cup "is not
ruled out", the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) have said after the
striker underwent knee surgery on Thursday.
In the first official
statement to come out of the Uruguayan camp after news leaked that
Suarez would require an operation, the AUF indicated that the player had
"suffered an intense pain in his left knee" in training on Wednesday
It was therefore decided that he should undergo "arthroscopic surgery to repair meniscus damage".
statement added that "no other damage to the knee was spotted" but the
AUF pointed out that the 27-year-old took a knock to the same knee
playing for Liverpool against Newcastle United on the final day of the
Premier League season on May 11.
Suarez's mother Sandra Diaz told local media that he would be released from hospital around lunchtime on Thursday.
now faces a race against time to be ready for Uruguay's World Cup
campaign, which begins in little over three weeks against Costa Rica in
The AUF's statement confirmed an earlier report by
leading television journalist Martin Charquero, who wrote on Twitter
that Suarez had "felt pain in training" before an MRI scan detected a
Suarez was the top scorer in the Premier League
in the season just finished with 31 goals and won both the PFA Players'
Player of the Year and the English Football Writers' Association Player
of the Year prizes.
His club Liverpool will therefore be keeping a close eye on developments.Experts
said it could take anything from two to six weeks to recover from the
keyhole surgery, but the AUF are remaining optimistic.
News of the
injury generated widespread reaction on Twitter, with the former
president of the AUF, Sebastian Bauza, writing: "STRENGTH LUIS!!
Everyone in Uruguay is confident that you will recover!!!"
the 2011 Copa America winners, are hoping to be able to pair Suarez
with Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani in attack as they prepare to
come up against England and Italy as well as Costa Rica in Group D.
was the top scorer in the South American qualifying group with 11
goals, although Uruguay only finished fifth and needed a play-off
against Jordan to reach the finals.
Suarez only arrived in the
Uruguayan capital on Tuesday to join the squad, but insisted he was
anxious to start training with his team-mates.
He enjoyed a
stunning comeback in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign after his
reputation plummeted for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice
Evra and then biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in the previous
Suarez's goals helped Liverpool finish second in the Premier League behind eventual champions Manchester City.
playing Costa Rica on June 14, the two-time world champions face
England in Sao Paulo on June 19 and then Italy in Natal five days later.
Before the finals get underway, Uruguay have two World Cup
warm-up matches scheduled, against Northern Ireland on May 30 and
Slovenia on June 4, with both games to be held in Montevideo.
Suarez is the second South American star battling to be ready for the World Cup.
striker Radamel Falcao damaged cruciate ligaments in January while
playing for his club side Monaco in the French Cup and is in a race
against time to recover.
Falcao said on Sunday he was still not sure whether he would be ready.
All 32 teams have to announce their final 23-man squads by June 2.