The reports coming out of South America that Luis Suarez is a doubt for the World Cup because of a knee injury will be music to the ears of many England fans. With the biggest threat of one of their Group D opponents sidelined it is one less thing for them to worry about.
There have been varying opinions as to how long Suarez could be out for. Many have cited an injury Fernando Torres picked up prior to the World Cup in South Africa four years ago left the Spaniard out for six weeks but Chelsea defender John Terry recovered from meniscus surgery after a couple of weeks.
What isn’t in doubt that is that Suarez will do everything he can to play every minute of the tournament for his country. He is a player that hates not playing.
If he feels he can run on it and play for 90 minutes he will do. Liverpool fans only need to cast their mind back to the turn of the year when Suarez played, and scored, in a 2-0 win over Hull City at Anfield with a heavy amount of strapping on his right foot.
Brendan Rodgers said after that game that nine out of ten players wouldn’t have played.
The Liverpool boss added: “He had a big strapping on it and put himself out there for the team and that is why he gets the goals he does because he’s so determined.”
Liverpool fans will be hoping that he doesn’t risk himself too much and does cause himself any more damage in the build-up to the next season by putting himself through the pain barrier at the World Cup.
However, if the World Cup were to be without the Uruguayan, it could be the tournament’s loss if one of the best talents in world football isn’t showcasing his skills on the biggest stage.
Those back on Merseyside will be hoping that Suarez returns to the club for pre-season in the best possible shape.