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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.
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.
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.
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.
Liverpool are aware of reports that striker Luis Suarez has suffered a knee injury and are currently investigating, ITV News understands.
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.