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Uruguay coach: Suarez still doubtful for opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm •  Published: June 13, 2014

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is still unsure whether Luis Suarez will play in the team's World Cup opener against Costa Rica on Saturday, despite the striker joining in regular training for the first time since a knee operation.

The Uruguayans would start with forwards Edinson Cavani and veteran Diego Forlan, he said, if Suarez hadn't fully recovered.

"We are increasing (Suarez's) pace of recovery and up until now there have been no glitches," Tabarez said Friday.

"We still have one day to go. We don't want to jump the gun. We have prepared not to have him, but it would be wonderful to have him. We have to be very careful."

The 2010 semifinalists start their Group D campaign in Fortaleza before taking on England and Italy.

Tabarez said Suarez, who had arthroscopic surgery on his knee on May 22, had rejoined full training a day earlier, after practicing on the sidelines since arriving at their training base near Belo Horizonte.

On Friday, the 27-year-old Liverpool striker joined his teammates in their sleeveless training shirts during a casual practice session at Fortaleza's Arena Castelao.

"Beyond Suarez, I think we have a very good squad and use my players to deal with the needs that arise," Tabarez. "I don't want to complicate things. We'll play the way we always play, and make the best use of the time the players have spent together."

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