Ex-Manchester United striker hoping Suarez is fit for World Cup

Uruguay veteran and former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan hopes Liverpool hit-man Luis Suarez will be first for the World Cup’s commencement.

The 35-year-old former Manchester United, Villareal, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan striker has been selected for the Uruguay squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil alongside Luis Suarez, and Edinson Cavani.

Liverpool striker Suarez was the Premier League’s top scorer this season but has undergone surgery on his knee at the end of this season ahead of the star of the World Cup on June 12.

"I want the whole team to be healthy and ready for the World Cup so I want Luis to be back and ready for that," said Forlan.

"That would be much better for all of us. Luis came to the training ground in the morning to see us.”

"We haven't seen him for a week so it was nice to have him around again. He told us he is in good shape and recovering well and his treatment has been good. Everybody wants him to be ready," he added.

The former Red Devils striker has 107 caps to his name for his country and counting. He won the Copa America in 2011 and, individually, has won his inclusion in the 2010 World Cup All-Star Team after claiming the title of Top Scorer and winner of the World Cup Golden Ball.

Now 35, Forlan is plying his trade at the Japanese J.League side Cerezo Osaka for whom he signed in January this year. He may have considered he might not be called up to the Uruguay squad this summer with the abundance of attacking threats national team boss Oscar Tabarez has at his disposal.

In case Suarez and Cavani were not enough to scare most defences on the planet, Abel Hernandez, Christian Stuani, Gaston Ramirez and Cristian Rodriguez feature as well as defenders Sebastian Coates, Martin Caceres, Diego Godin, Maxi Pereira and captain Diego Lugano.

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