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Suarez to miss Uruguay opener

Goal.com logo Goal.com 13-06-2014 Goal.com
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By Robin Bairner in Fortaleza Luis Suarez will sit out Uruguay’s World Cup opener against Costa Rica on Saturday, although the Liverpool forward’s recovery from knee surgery remains on track.

Suarez damaged the meniscus in his left knee in training in the build-up to the Brazil showpiece and was always facing a race against time to be fit for the game in Fortaleza.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez confirmed on Friday his star striker would not make it even if "all goes well" in training.

He added: "The doctor said he wasn’t ruled out for the World Cup, that was his first report. That’s why he’s in the squad.

"We are increasing his pace of recovery and up until now there have been no glitches.

"Yesterday afternoon he trained fully, and actually played football. There are no problems at all. But, obviously, he’s not at the level demanded in a full match.”

Tabarez would rather Suarez missed the Costa Rica game than jeopardise his participation in the trickier Group D games to come, against England and Italy.

He added: “We don’t want to jump gun, but we have prepared without Luis. But we have to be very careful. We have to think about the players.

“He is recovering very well, but we have to be very careful and manage things carefully.”

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and Cerezo Osaka's Diego Forlan are set to lead the line in Saturday's encounter.

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