Carragher says Suarez won't be worrying about his injury ahead of England clash

The former Liverpool defender knows exactly the type of player Suarez is.

Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has said that Uruguay striker Luis Suarez will not be worrying about his fitness going into tomorrow's crucial Group D showdown against England, a game that neither side can afford to lose.

With both sides having lost their opening games, if either side loses this encounter in Sao Paulo, it is likely they will be making an early exit from this summer's World Cup finals, which could make the Liverpool forward all the more dangerous tomorrow evening.

Suarez sat out Uruguay's defeat to Costa Rica after he had an operation on his Meniscus prior to the World Cup, but looks set to start against the Three Lions.

But former team-mate Carragher said he won't have any thoughts of his injury in his head.

He told TalkSport: “You wouldn’t expect him to be 100% fit but Luis Suarez is different from others players in world football. He’s a phenomenon.

“He’s a winner and won’t be going into the game worrying about his injury. Some players go onto the pitch, when they’re coming back from an injury, and they’re not the same physically and mentally. He won’t have that in his head though.

“I know what sort of character he is and he’ll be full throttle. Whether he’s as sharp as he normally is remains to be seen but he will not be worried one iota about his injury."

A lot is made of Suarez's work ethic as a player, and in a high pressure situation, expect him to go through the pain barrier for 90 minutes to give his all for his country, meaning the England defence is going to have to be at its best if they wish to keep him quiet and improve their chances of qualification.

Daniel Sturridge has commented on that Uruguay aren't all about Luis Suarez, and he would know how good Suarez is having formed a partnership with him at Liverpool that produced a combined total of 52 goals in the Premier League.

England will try not to lose focus from the job in hand of overcoming Uruguay, as much of the focus is on Suarez. Maybe their preparation has gone under the radar a little, and they can use all the hysteria around the Uruguayan forward to their benefit.

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