Anfield ace Luis Suarez ready to take on England and boost Uruguay’s 2014 FIFA World Cup challenge.
Luis Suarez says he is 100% fit and will be ready to face England in Uruguay’s crunch Group D match on Thursday at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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The Liverpool forward had minor knee surgery towards the end of May, and missed his country’s surprise 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday, but says he is back in contention to play.
“At no time did I think I was going to miss the World Cup,” Suarez is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
“I did not miss any days of my recovery.
“And if I play [against England], it is because I am 100 per cent.
“I know all the players in the England team, either as team-mates or opponents.
“They have defensive deficiencies that I can exploit, but I will not say in front of the media how to do so.
“We have to move forward with strong character. Trust us.”
Suarez’s return will be a huge boost for Uruguay, who were devastated to lose to Costa Rica with fixtures against England and Italy to come – matches which in theory are tougher on paper.
Without the Liverpool star in the team, Uruguay laboured in attack, and in their struggle to link play with a passing game, they found themselves frequently launching long balls up towards Edinson Cavani up front.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker is a wonderful striker, but far from a target man, and Suarez’s ability to create chances on his own could prove invaluable.
While Suarez claims he is at 100% fitness, it remains to be seen whether he makes the starting XI or only the bench.