Uruguay’s star striker Luis Suarez is to play against England in the World Cup after training hard and showing that even in a wheelchair he was still good enough to run rings around the England defence.
The Liverpool frontman, who underwent an operation on his injured knee two weeks ago, has been a true professional and has adapted well to his chair as he recovers, revealed Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez, although he admitted it was touch and go whether Suarez could play.
‘There was one aspect of his game that concerned us, and made us seriously consider leaving him out,’ he said, ‘but after only a few training sessions we found that his diving from the wheelchair was every bit as good as before. If anything he’s more likely to get penalties now; what referee wouldn’t feel sympathy when they see him lying on the grass struggling to get back up?’
‘Luis should be back on his feet in time for the second round but we won’t rush him,’ Tabarez added, ‘his blue badge means we can park the coach right down by the beach, and he says he’s quite happy sitting on the boardwalk with a blanket over his legs.’