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Luis Suárez will undergo surgery on his knee on Thursday amid fears he could miss some if not all of the World Cup. Photograph: APA Picture Desk GmbH/Rex

Luis Suárez is due to have knee surgery on Thursday after suffering a training ground injury that has cast doubt on his involvement at the World Cup.

The Uruguay and Liverpool striker injured his knee in training on Wednesday and was immediately sent for an MRI scan that revealed damage to the meniscus. Uruguay’s medical staff are believed to have recommended surgery and the national FA is confident the 27-year-old will recover from a relatively routine procedure in time for the World Cup.

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Luis Suarez
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Recovery times for meniscus repair for professional footballers range from three to 10 weeks but the full extent of Suárez’s injury has not been confirmed. He did not miss a game through injury for Liverpool last season, when his stunning form was rewarded with the PFAand Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards, and would be a severe loss to Uruguay, who face England in Group D, should the damage prove severe.

Oscar Tabárez’s side open their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica in 24 days on 14 June and play Roy Hodgson’s team five days later. Early reports from Uruguay have claimed Suárez will miss the opener but will be available for the remaining group games against England and Italy. His match fitness, however, would be in question.

A Uruguayan FA spokesman, Roberto Pastoriza, said surgery seemed inevitable for Suárez, who reported the problem only a day after joining the national team following an end of season break. “According to the report I received a while ago, they are optimistic that he can play the World Cup,” said Pastoriza.

“Suárez felt a problem in his knee, so he went for some tests. It all happened very quickly, a few hours ago [on Wednesday night]. The matter is being looked after by the national team’s medics. They were still deciding what to do, but the likelihood was that he would need an operation. I cannot say anything else. It will be announced officially by the AUF [Uruguay FA] on Thursday morning.”

Suárez is expected to undergo surgery at 7.30am Uruguay time on Thursday and will almost certainly miss World Cup warm-up games against Northern Ireland on 31 May and Slovenia on 5 June.

Liverpool have yet to be informed about the extent of the striker’s injury but it is standard practice for a national FA to contact a club when their player requires surgery. A meniscus problem, at this time, would be highly unlikely to impact on Brendan Rodgers’ preparations for the 2014-15 campaign.

Source:The Guardian

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