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Suarez injury leads to death threats

ESPN staff
May 23, 2014
Will Luis Suarez be ready for the World Cup?

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett was the subject of online death threats on Thursday after Uruguay fans blamed him for the injury that dealt Luis Suarez a World Cup blow.

Suarez had minor knee surgery on Thursday after reportedly getting injured in training with Uruguay but the country's FA suggested he damaged cartilage in Liverpool's final match of the season against Newcastle.

The striker will be sidelined weeks but Uruguay officials remain confident he will be fit to play some part in the World Cup. Uruguay's first match is against Costa Rica on June 15 and they face England in Sao Paolo on June 19 but their FA has not said precisely when he is expected back.

The assurances were not enough to prevent a furious reaction from several Uruguay supporters on Twitter, including menacing warnings for 22-year-old full-back Dummett, who collided with Suarez towards the end of Liverpool's 2-1 victory at Anfield.

Dummett was sent off after catching Suarez in what looked an accidental collision, and his red card was later rescinded.

One Twitter user wrote: "Hi @PaulDummett, from Uruguay we hope someday u come here to have a nice time w/ friends. We have things for you, like a bullet in the head." Another posted: "We kill you."

There had been no report of an injury for Suarez as a result of the challenge, but he complained of pains at the start of Uruguay's training camp and was sent for an MRI scan.

Dummett, who has been called up by Wales for their forthcoming friendly with the Netherlands, told the Daily Mirror: "The challenge was inadvertent. I hit him and the ball with my left foot and he went down under the challenge.

"I hope he makes the World Cup because he is one of the best players in the world so he should be there. Having said that, I injured my meniscus three years ago and I was out for three months, so it will depend on the injury and exactly where it is on the knee."

Asked about the fact an injury to Suarez could help England, he told the Evening Chronicle: "I was born in Newcastle and went to school here but I am a Welshman now in that I am playing for Wales. I qualified through my dad's dad, who is Welsh.

"Suarez thinks he will be back in two weeks - we will have to wait and see how he does."

The Uruguay FA claimed Luis Suarez picked up the injury from Paul Dummett's foul © PA Photos
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