Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is to undergo knee surgery on Thursday after suffering an injury in training while with Uruguay ahead of the World Cup.
The 27-year-old has damaged his meniscus, making him a major doubt for the World Cup – although the Uruguayan FA say they remain confident he will be able to participate.
The Times’ Liverpool correspondent Tony Barrett points out how Fernando Torres underwent surgery for the same injury prior to the World Cup in 2010 – and didn’t play his first game back for seven weeks:
Fernando Torres had meniscus surgery ahead of 2010 World Cup. Operation was on April 18 and he played his first game seven weeks later.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) May 22, 2014
A similar timeframe for Suarez would see him miss the competition. Torres returned to Liverpool looking less than match fit and has never recovered his career from that point.
BBC Sport quote a report in Uruguay suggesting that “Recovery normally takes between 15 and 20 days”.
The Guardian write that “Recovery from the operation usually takes between four and six weeks but Uruguay are hopeful he will play some part at the World Cup.”
Uruguay are due to play England in their second group match on June 19th – 27 days from now.