Uruguay striker Suarez has surgery ahead of WCup

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 22, 2014 at 7:37 am •  Published: May 22, 2014
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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay striker Luis Suarez had keyhole surgery on his knee on Thursday and is expected to recover in time for the World Cup.

The mother of the 27-year-old Liverpool striker told The Associated Press that Suarez had successful surgery to repair damage to his meniscus.

"The surgery is over and thank God everything went well. What Luis had wasn't as serious as we thought," Suarez's mother, Sandra Diaz, told the AP.

According to Suarez's sister, the striker is expected to be out for 2-3 weeks. Uruguay plays its first match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14. The team will then face England on June 19 and Italy on June 24.

"The problem is that these days he won't be able to play, and will only be able to do physiotherapy," Giovanna Suarez said.

Suarez began feeling an uncomfortable pain during his last Premier League game and it returned during his first day of training with the Uruguayan national team on Wednesday, his sister said.