Luis Suarez injury latest: Edinson Cavani admits Uruguay are 'discouraged' by Liverpool striker's injury before World Cup
Suarez was forced to undergo knee surgery last week
Wednesday 28 May 2014
Edinson Cavani admits Uruguay are "discouraged" by Luis Suarez's injury problems but remain hopeful the Liverpool striker will still play some part in the World Cup.
The Paris St Germain forward will shoulder the side's attacking responsibility should Suarez fail to recover in time from his knee operation, but would be happier to share the spotlight with the Premier League's top-scorer.
The 27-year-old is a national hero in Uruguay and his fight for fitness is being treated in Montevideo with all the frenzy that surrounded David Beckham's metatarsal break in 2002.
Uruguay's opening match against Costa Rica on June 15 is an unrealistic target for Suarez even if he makes the squad, but the second group match against an England side led by Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard is an obvious target.
Speaking to El Pais ahead of Friday's warm-up match against Northern Ireland, Cavani said: "We're all a bit discouraged by what happened. Injuries are always ugly and more so at this time.
"I think we have to leave him alone now so he can have a good recovery with no anxiety on him.
"We wish he can join us as soon as possible."
Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, who linked up with La Celeste after scoring for his side in a losing cause in the Champions League final, was equally concerned about Suarez.
"When I heard (about Suarez) I said 'no, not now, please'," said Godin.
"The truth is that I felt ill, it is something that nobody expected...he is our figurehead, our star.
"Now what remains is for us to support him. I've talked to him and he is very optimistic."
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