Uruguayan strike weapon Luis Suarez is confident he will be fully fit in time to take his place in his nation’s 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign opener against Costa Rica on June 15th.
Suffering meniscus damage in the final weeks’ of English Premier League side Liverpool’s unsuccessful title tilt, Suarez was forced to undergo surgery just two weeks before Uruguay’s first World Cup pool game and has spent every spare minute since building up the muscles around the niggling knee.
Setting up for a show-down with England on June 20th, Suarez told local media he is happy and confident leading into the 2014 Soccer World Cup, and revealed his reasons for such a fast and successful recovery.
“Emotionally, I’ve felt fine; psychologically, I’ve been spectacular,” Suarez said.
“At no time did I feel pressured. At no time have I felt sad because at no point did I think there was a chance of me missing the World Cup. The thought never went through my mind.
“I could have really cried (in pain) because of this injury but I didn’t, because I knew. I knew. When the doctor first spoke to me three little tears fell, but no more. My wife said, ‘I can’t believe how strong you’re being’ but I knew I’d make it.
“Injuries are not only a physical question, which is the most important thing of course, but also a question of your mind. If you’re thinking, ‘I’m not going to make it’, ‘I can’t cope’, ‘It hurts’, ‘It’s never going to get better’, then it won’t.
“My objective was clear: Be strong emotionally and physically. I wanted my children to be able to see me play at the World Cup.
“If they had said to me that the extent of the injury was greater, I’d have been worried. But knowing the grade of the injury, I was confident. I knew that there was time to make it.”
Drawn in Group D alongside Costa Rica, England and Italy in the 2014 Soccer World Cup, Uruguay have been banking on the fitness of Suarez to help progress pass arguably one of the tournament’s toughest pools.
Clear favourites to get their campaign off to a flying start against Costa Rica, Uruguay is currently featured as second-favourite behind Italy to progress to the knock-out stage of the 2014 Soccer World Cup at a quote of $1.45 at leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Remaining steady in outright betting markets, Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering Uruguay as a $23 chance to lift the World Cup on July 13th.