Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez hails 'spectacular' recovery

Luis Suarez Uruguay

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez says that he has made a full recovery since he played against England.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says that his knee is in 'perfect shape' ahead of Uruguay's decisive Group D meeting with Italy.

Suarez netted twice in the last game against England, fighting off injury to will his side past the Three Lions. Now, a win against Italy will see Uruguay through to the knockout stages, and their talisman says that he has made a full recovery ahead of the clash.

"The truth is, my knee is in perfect shape," the 27-year-old said. "After surgery, you never know how it is going to react. Luckily after playing so many minutes and after the tension I suffered during the last match, the knee's reaction has been spectacular."

He added: "If I wasn't ready to play I would tell the coach, but I'm cool."

Suarez's fitness was a major concern heading into the game against England. While he was subdued for long stretches of the contest , he popped up when it mattered, opening the scoring with a header and later capitalising on a mistake by Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard to bag the winner.

  TeamPosMinsTouchesPossession lostPassesLay-offsShotsOn target Goals
Luis Suarez Uruguay FW 88 51 26 25 7 4 2 2

Uruguay's star man was visibly emotional after his goal and at the final whistle after almost certainly knocking out England and giving his own side a great chance to qualify.

Now their attention turns to Italy, and Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is relishing the challenge of facing the Azzurri.

"This match is not faced with fear, but with motivation and admiration," he said. "Playing against Italy is a gift from heaven, that's the way we see it."

"If we are lucky enough to beat them it's not like beating any other team, to me it's beating a huge side and that's the greatest motivation."

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