Uruguay are weighing up keeping Luis Suarez out of their starting line-up to face England in Sao Paulo a week today if they open their World Cup campaign with a win, with Chile’s Arturo Vidal struggle to recover from a similar knee injury making them aware of a need for caution.
Sources in Uruguay believe that Suarez is now unlikely to face the Costa Ricans in the opening game for Oscar Tabarez’s team today and a win it that fixture may persuade the nation to err on the side of caution with the Liverpool striker. A defeat or draw would put immediate pressure on the South Americans and make them more likely to gamble on Suarez.
There is an acute awareness in the Uruguayan camp of the crisis which has hit Chile after they brought back Vidal, the Juventus midfielder, too early. The 27-year-old underwent knee surgery in early May to repair a meniscus – the same knee condition which saw Suarez break down in Uruguay training and require an operation.