Luis Suarez has returned to light training with Uruguay, but media reports suggest that the Liverpol striker will not not risked in Uruguay’s opening World Cup game with Costa Rica on June 14.
The Premier League Player of the Year had knee surgery 10 days ago, but was seen back working with physios on Monday going through his initial recovery.
Centre back Diego Godin told reporters:
“If you saw him with trousers on you wouldn’t know he’s had surgery.”
Based on his form leading into this World Cup, Suarez could be one of the stars of the tournament. But Uruguay is taking a calculated risk by keeping him out of the first match, going him an extra week to get ready for the game against England June 19.
The risk that Uruguay is taking is that they can beat Costa Rica without Suarez. A reasonable risk, but if it doesn’t work out it could be a catastrophe. No Suarez means that veteran Diego Forlan or PSHG striker Edinson Cavani must take up the goalscoring slack. Two strikers that will the Los Ticos will not lose that much sleep over facing.
With Italy, along with England in this group, anything less than three points against Costa Rica could mark the end of the Uruguay’s World Cup dream before it really gets started.