Doctor: Luis Suarez will play in Uruguay's World Cup opener

Monday, June 2, 2014 | 8:46 p.m. CDT; updated 1:43 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 3, 2014
In this Oct. 11, 2013 photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez walks off the pitch at the end of a 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador. Suarez has undergone keyhole surgery on his knee and is expected to recover in time for the World Cup. The mother of the 27-year-old Liverpool striker says he had surgery Thursday to repair damage to his meniscus. Sandra Diaz tells The Associated Press that the surgery was successful and that he is expected to recover in 2-3 weeks. Uruguay plays its first match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is recovering well from knee surgery and will be able to play in its World Cup opener against Costa Rica on June 14, the national team's doctor said on Monday.

Suarez had keyhole surgery on his left knee just 10 days ago, but his doctor Alberto Pan said the Liverpool forward is already training twice a day with the rest of the team, stretching his muscles and running without pain.

"We can confirm right now that Suarez is on the final team roster," Pan said, adding that he should be able to play from the start of the tournament.

He credited Suarez's positive attitude and tremendous desire to play for his quick recovery.

"He's working on his muscles without feeling any pain," Pan told reporters. "Today, he had a more demanding schedule and he's going to work double from now on with even more demanding training."

Uruguay also faces England on June 19 and Italy on June 24. Suarez is widely seen as his team's top scoring threat, having led the Premier League with 31 goals for Liverpool this past season and getting voted player of the year in England.

Suarez scored three goals at the 2010 World Cup, and added four when Uruguay won the 2011 Copa America in Argentina.

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