England fans were hoping and praying that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez would be unavailable for Uruguay this summer - and the signs were good after the Reds star suffered injury in pre-tournament training.
However, with Suarez on the mend and facing a race against time to be fit to feature against Roy Hodgson’s charges, the signs are that he will be ready to take on the Three Lions in Sao Paulo on June 19.
The Telegraph have reported that both Suarez’s uncle and brother have said that he will be ready to face England.
The Liverpool man’s sibling, who is a centre forward for Uruguayan club Miramar Misiones, said his brother was making progress.
“I think he’ll be fit. He’s fine, he’s recovering well and trying to get better as quick as possible,” Diego Suarez said.
The Anfield hero’s uncle Sergio Suarez also stated that England’s worst nightmares may be set to come true.
“When I called him after the surgery, feeling upset for him, he just said: ‘Don’t worry uncle, I’ll be able to play,’” he stated.
“And if Luis says he is going to do something, it will happen. He has incredible determination and belief.”
England face a slog to get out of Group D, with Italy and Costa Rica also opponents.
Suarez was the Premier League’s PFA Player of the Year in 2013-14 and has been in incredible form over the last 12 months.