Uruguayan healer facing fitness fight of his own.
The physio that helped to get Luis Suarez fit to star in Uruguay’s 2-1 win over England suspended his own cancer treatment to make the Liverpool striker’s World Cup dream a reality, report The Independent.
Suarez’s hopes of featuring in the FIFA super tournament in Brazil were in severe doubt when he underwent knee surgery just four weeks ago.
He missed Uruguay’s Group D opener, which they lost 3-1 to Costa Rica, but, despite nursing a torn meniscus, a problem that can take up to six weeks to heal, he got through 87 minutes against England, scoring twice.
Suarez’s mesmeric recovery owes a lot to physio Walter Ferreira, who has been working one-on-one with the former Ajax forward.
After the final whistle against England on Thursday, Suarez rushed over to Ferreira to show his gratitude to the 62-year-old, who had put his own treatment on hold to travel to Brazil.
The Anfield favourite then paid tribute to Ferreira publicly in a video. Click here to watch it.
On the adulation he has received, Ferreira said: “I have no words, life has some ups and downs but you have to keep fighting. I’m very grateful. I’m going to keep fighting.”
Next up for Suarez and Uruguay is a must-win game against Italy in Natal on Tuesday.
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