Uruguay positive over Suarez

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 Uruguay remain cautiously optimistic about Luis Suarez's participation in the World Cup after minor knee surgery last week.

Luis Suarez remains "positive" about playing in the World Cup as he continues his recovery from knee surgery, Uruguay's team doctor said on Monday.

The Liverpool striker underwent keyhole surgery last week to repair meniscus damage in his left knee.

Despite a normal recovery time of four weeks for the procedure, Uruguay have not ruled out the 27-year-old's participation in football's premier tournament.

"It is very risky to give exact dates. We cannot have absolute certainty or clear numbers but the postoperative period has been very good," Uruguay's doctor Alberto Pan said.

"Luis is very positive. I never heard a negative expression and he says it is better every day. Today (Suarez) is painless (and) is working on fitness."

Suarez is understood to have suffered the injury during Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Newcastle on May 11, but the extent of the damage was only revealed after an MRI scan in Montevideo last week.

The 27-year-old's absence would be a huge blow to Oscar Tabarez's team as they aim for a third World Cup title.

Suarez was earlier this month voted the Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year, having scored 31 Premier League goals in 33 matches.

Uruguay begin their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica in Fortaleza on June 14.

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