World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez putting in 'triple shifts' to be fully fit for Uruguay

Liverpool striker still recovering from last month's knee surgery

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Luis Suarez is putting in “triple shifts” to ensure he is fully fit to play for Uruguay after knee surgery last month.

The Liverpool hitman is still a doubt for Uruguay’s opening World Cup game against Costa Rica on Saturday, but the 27-year-old’s team-mate Cristian Rodriguez said he was doing all he can to be ready.

"He is very focused," said Rodriguez. "He is working in double and triple shifts and we hope to have him with us soon."

Surez had keyhole surgery on May 22 to repair meniscus damage in his left knee.

Uruguay meet Roy Hodgson’s England on 19 June and then face Italy in their final group game on 25 June.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez still does not know when Suarez will be ready, although he said the striker was “responding very well” to his training programme.

Tabarez said: "As we have no set deadlines, I don't know if we'll have him for the first match, for the second, for the third.

"If it were up to me, Suarez would play tomorrow."