Suarez could miss England World Cup game with injury

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could be at risk of missing the World Cup, according to reports, after apparently injuring his knee during training for Uruguay.

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Luis Suarez mobbed in wheelchair to ambulance

Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was mobbed as he was carried by wheelchair to an ambulance last night. He faces a fight to recover from surgery on a knee injury before the South American nation faces England in the World Cup.

It was initially feared that he would be sidelined in Brazil, with recovery from surgery expected to take months rather than weeks. But Suarez hopes to defy the odds to make the tournament.

Suarez mobbed as he leaves hospital in wheelchair

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been greeted by a large crowd of fans after having surgery for a knee injury which has cast doubt on him facing England at next month's World Cup.

The Liverpool star underwent keyhole surgery in Montevideo and has told fans to keep calm about his place at the tournament. Credit: Reuters/Andres Stapff
Suarez, wearing a hoodie, was pushed through the crowd as minders and hospital officials kept his fans at bay. Credit: Reuters/Andres Stapff
Suarez has not been ruled out of the tournament in Brazil but will need a swift recovery to face England in Uruguay's second group game. Credit: Reuters/Andres Stapff

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Suarez injury not as serious as feared, mother says

The striker's family have been discussing his injury. Credit: Reuters

Luis Suarez's knee injury may not be as bad as first feared, his mother has claimed

"The surgery is over and thank God everything went well. What Luis had wasn't as serious as we thought," she told the Associated Press news agency.

Meanwhile, Suarez' sister said the striker is set to face two-to-three weeks out after the surgery - which would mean a return just in time for the World Cup.

"The problem is that these days he won't be able to play, and will only be able to do physiotherapy," Giovanna Suarez said.

Uruguay 'optimistic' Suarez will make World Cup

Luis Suaez is hoping to be fit for Brazil next month. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Uruguayan officials are said to be "optimistic" that Luis Suarez will make the World Cup, as surgery conducted on the striker's knee was apparently successful.

Speaking to website Ovacion Digital, the Uruguayan Football Association's Secretary of the National Teams Robert Pastoriza said last night: "According to the report I received a while ago, we are optimistic about him reaching the World Cup".

The site said medical staff believed "everything went well" with the Liverpool star's surgery on a meniscal injury this morning.

Suarez 'injury' could see him miss England game

Luis Suarez reportedly twisted his knee during training. Credit: Ivan Franco/EFE

A reported knee injury suffered by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could see the Uruguayan miss his country's match with England at the World Cup.

According to various media reports, the Uruguayan striker suffered a knee twist during training ahead of the Brazil tournament and is due to undergo surgery for meniscus damage.

The surgery is usually thought to require between four and six weeks' recovery.

England face Uruguay on 19 June in the second match of the group stages - exactly four weeks from today.

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