Liverpool star set to win fitness battle and face England

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is set to be fit to face England on Thursday night, as reported by ITV Sport.

The Liverpool man underwent knee surgery less than a month ago but is now back in full training and will be risked from the start with both Uruguay and England needing to score all three points after losing their first games.

Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez claims his main man will have to prove his fitness this week but is hopeful Suarez will be fit to face England.

“Luis Suarez is no longer injured, because he wouldn’t have been a substitute if he was,” Tabarez told his post-match conference.

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“He has gone through the phases that we have foreseen in his recovery and we will have to see if he can find fitness.

“As we said from the beginning, if he meets the challenges, we will see how he can get into the team – and at which point.

“For us, he is a key player. He has great potential and has a lot to contribute to the team.

“We need him to reach a point where he can play in a match. It was he who demanded to be on the bench, not watching from the stands. It would have been very difficult for him to play though.

“He was a serious doubt, you need to have a certain fitness level – you need to be able to reach the highest standard.

“There were certain concerns over his fitness and it was very improbable that he would play. We will see about England.”