Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez has knee surgery

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm •  Published: May 22, 2014
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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay striker Luis Suarez had surgery on his left knee Thursday.

One of the world's top players, he's expected to recover in time for the World Cup.

The arthroscopy repaired damaged cartilage. The Uruguayan soccer association said "no other injuries were found" and his participation in the World Cup is "not ruled out."

The surgery was done at Medica Uruguaya hospital in Montevideo, and the Liverpool star's mother told The Associated Press her son is in good spirits and is "going to play the World Cup."

"The surgery is over and thank God everything went well," Sandra Diaz said shortly after speaking to him by phone. "What Luis had wasn't as serious as we thought."

Suarez was released from the hospital in the afternoon, and was taken in an ambulance to his home on the outskirts of Montevideo. He was in a wheelchair, but walked the last few steps to his house leaning on the shoulders of two people, without putting pressure on his injured leg.

His wife, Sofia, asked a small group of reporters to stop taking photos inside their home. When they continued to snap shots, Suarez, known for his short temper, called out a TV station by name, saying they were being disrespectful.

Earlier in the day, he seemed calm about his recovery and confident he would play in the World Cup.

"Take it easy because I'm going to make it (to the cup) and will work very hard these days to be at 100 percent and help out my teammates," Suarez told the local El Pais newspaper.