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Report: Luis Suarez to have meniscus surgery, World Cup status up in the air

May 22, 2014, 12:22 AM EDT

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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.

According to Uruguayan journalist Martin Charquero, Suarez felt discomfort in national team training, and tests later on revealed meniscus damage.

He will have surgery as soon as possible, and according to Charquero he should be ready for the World Cup.

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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  1. eagleswineagleswin - May 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    I guess all the diving he does caught up to him. #karma

    • lyleoross - May 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      I don’t like the diving either, but another way to look at it is, if he played that fantastically with a tear, he truly is a great player.

    • pauleee - May 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Just because you say things over and over, it doesn’t make it true.

      Oh, not the diving thing, I was talking about the Eagles winning.

  2. atahualpaoxford - May 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Since I read uruguayan soccer news on a daily basis, let me tell you that a huge number of people are really upset that Suarez got injured in a meaningless game with only 8 minutes lft.
    And they feel that the guy who injured him had just come into the field for only one reason: to injure Suarez.

    When you consider the fact that Uruguay is in the same group as England, the idea does not seem too far fetched.
    England’s knows Suarez very well…and know their chances of beating the ” celeste” improve tremendously with Luis out of the team…

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