PHOTO: Luis Suarez released from hospital after knee surgery

Suarez released from hospital in Uruguay following knee surgery, and will head to the World Cup.

Liverpool star Luis Suarez has been released from hospital in Uruguay after undergoing knee surgery.

The striker complained of the injury during his first training session with the Uruguay World Cup squad, and was referred to hospital for treatment.

Suarez is thought to have suffered the injury in Liverpool’s final league match against Newcastle United eleven days ago.

Uruguay face Northern Ireland and Slovenia in international friendlies over the coming weeks, before facing Costa Rica in their opening game of the World Cup on June 14.

It remains to be seen just how long it will take Suarez to recover from the surgery, but he can probably set himself the target to return for the England match on June 19, as the likes of Edinson Cavani will surely provide enough to beat Costa Rica.

Suarez feels confident of making the World Cup games in mid-June, and issued this statement to supporters earlier today:

“Be calm, I am going to get there. Thanks for all your support. I am going to work really hard in the coming days to be at 100 per cent and help my team-mates.” He told Ovacion.

The image of him leaving hospital is also very telling of his importance to the nation, with fans gathering outside to show their support to the Uruguayan.

Suarez had a record-breaking season at Liverpool last season, scoring 31-times in a campaign that saw them run Champions Manchester City to the wire. His variety of goals and lethal potency in front of goal meant England hearts sank when they were drawn in a group with his Uruguay and Italy.

Suarez’s failure to be fit for the showdown with England would be a huge boost to the Three Lions, but for now it seems as if the striker has played down all talk of missing the World Cup.

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