May 22, 2014, 12:22 AM EST
The Uruguay camp has been thrown a very sudden and heavy curveball, as reports come through that star striker Luis Suarez has picked up a knee injury in training today.
However, recovery from a typical meniscus procedure often takes 4-6 weeks, so Suarez would be pushing those limits, and it’s hard to imagine doctors at this time could definitively say he’ll be ready to go.
It is unknown how extensive his surgery will be. Meniscus repair is almost always arthroscopic, but still has the month or so recovery time. At the very least, the procedure will cut down on his ability to train and work with the first team leading up to the opening match.
UPDATE: Suarez had “keyhole surgery” Thursday morning, which is a minimally invasive procedure where apparently a 2-week recovery time is somewhat normal. Potentially life-saving news for Uruguay.
No question his country will be sweating his recovery, with so little time to go until play gets under way in Brazil. Much of Uruguay’s hopes ride on the Liverpool star who won the Premier League’s Player of the Year, nearly leading the Reds to a surprise Premier League title.
Suarez is the focal point of a deadly Uruguay attack also featuring Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan, and his miss would be a massive blow considering both those players are most dangerous when played out on the wing with Suarez in the middle.
Uruguay’s incredibly difficult group includes England, Costa Rica, and Italy.
If Suarez is unable to go, he will join the long list of stars in the European game that have suffered injuries eliminating them from the World Cup. That list includes Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao, Christian Benteke, Kevin Strootman, Jay Rodriguez, and Theo Walcott.
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