Luis Suárez's World Cup status is in doubt after the Uruguayan star injured his knee in training, according to the BBC. The striker will have keyhole surgery on Thursday to repair damage to his knee, after which his fitness will be assessed.
Recovery from such surgeries normally takes about 15-20 days. With the World Cup starting on June 12 (which is 21 days away), that is cutting it very, very close.
Uruguay's first game is on June 14, against Costa Rica, regarded as the weakest team in Group D. Then comes England on June 19, a game in which all England fans will be rooting against the health of Suárez. Having watched him this season with Liverpool, they know just how deadly he can be.
And in addition to Suárez's 31 Premier League goals, he also scored 11 in CONMEBOL qualifying. Those 11 were the most in South America's qualifying conference. Without him, Uruguay will be relying on Edinson Cavani -- who remains excellent -- as well as Diego Forlán, Abel Hernández and Christian Stuani. The latter two have little experience on the international level, while Forlán, now 35, is unlikely to make even a fraction of the impact that Suárez might.