Liverpool striker Luis Suarez had surgery today (Thursday) to repair damage to his meniscus. Suarez reportedly felt a problem with his knee at training on Wednesday, with a subsequent scan detecting meniscus that requiries immediate surgery. The expected recovery time is 2-3 weeks, making him doubtful for Uruguay’s first game on June 14 against Costa Rica and England five days later.
The recovery time will depend on the seriousness of the problem picked up — with reports in Uruguay claiming the issue was relatively minor and would only require 15 to 20 days on the sidelines.
Roberto Pastoriza, national teams secretary with the Uruguay FA (AUF), spoke to Ovacion Digital, confirming Suarez had a knee issue and the full details would be communicated later on Thursday.
“According to the information I have received a short while ago, they are optimistic that he can make the World Cup,” Pastoriza said.
“[Suarez felt] a problem in his knee, so he went for some tests. It all happened very quickly, a few hours ago [Wednesday night]. The matter is being looked after by the national team’s medics. I cannot say anything else. It will be announced officially by the AUF on Thursday morning.
The loss of Suarez would be a blow to Uruguay’s hopes, especially as they were handed one of the toughest groups in the draw, and it would place extra pressure on Edinson Cavani, who has yet to shine on the big stage.
Liverpool will be watching Suarez’s recovery closely as the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year’s 31 goals were instrumental in Liverpool finishing second this season. They will be worried that by rushing Suarez back to quickly, that he will end up with some lingering knee issues that will carry over into next season.