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World Cup 2014: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez admits he might not be fit for the game against England on June 19


Uruguay‘s star striker Luis Suarez says he will definitely be fit enough to play at the World Cup finals but he said it was not certain it would be in time to play against England.

The 27-year-old – who suffered a knee injury training with his Uruguay team-mates and underwent an operation on May 22 – added that even if he doesn’t play on June 19 he will bring enough shirts so that he can exchange them with his Liverpool team-mates.

“I saw reports saying that I had told the Liverpool players I would make it for the game against England, for sure,” he told The Guardian.

“But I didn’t say that. The day of the operation I exchanged messages with Stevie [Gerrard] and Glen [Johnson]. They said: ‘Hope to see you in Brazil.’ And I said: ‘Yeah, see you there.’ That’s not exactly the same thing. I never said I’d definitely be there.

“I’ve already told Gerrard that we’ll swap shirts. And Glen will ask for my shirt, I’m sure. Maybe Daniel [Sturridge] and Raheem [Sterling] will as well. I’ll take a few with me.”

Suarez, who was inconsolable when Liverpool effectively saw their hopes of a first title since 1990 disappear in the penultimate game of the season as they let a 3-0 lead slip and ended up drawing 3-3 with Crystal Palace, has been down this road before with clubmates.

“When we played Holland in 2010 [he was suspended for the World Cup semi-final having being sent off for saving with his hands a goalbound effort by Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah in the quarter-final], I was at Ajax and had friends in their team,” he said.

“I had to tell the kit man I needed five shirts. Although I didn’t play, they still wanted my shirt; they have the date and the match stitched in to them, so it’s a nice reminder of the match. So, yes, I’ll swap shirts. I’m not sure I’ll actually put it on though!”

Suarez, whose operation was conducted by the brother of his boyhood football idol Enzo Francescoli, said the group game with England had engendered the most remarkable level of interest.

“This is the game everyone is looking forward to most here,” he said.

“It’s incredible to see how Uruguayans have followed Liverpool; they’ve become fans and that makes me feel very proud.

“To see an entire country waiting on the Liverpool games is incredible or to see people angry because they can’t watch it because it’s only on satellite TV. People are getting up early in the morning to watch us play,” he added.

Suarez, who finished top scorer in the Premier League last season with 31 goals, also rubbished reports he was playing games about his fitness after a photograph seemingly captured him walking without difficulty when he lunched with his team-mates last week.

“That picture was from two years ago! I went in the back door and no one saw me. And I was limping a little bit.”

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