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Missing World Cup would kill Suarez - Gerrard

ESPN staff
May 25, 2014
Luis Suarez underwent surgery earlier this week © AP

Steven Gerrard says missing the World Cup would "kill" Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez with the Uruguay striker facing a fitness race to make the tournament.

Suarez underwent knee surgery earlier this week and is confident of his chances of lining up for his country in Brazil with Uruguay set to face England in Sao Paulo on June 19.

The Uruguayan FA also maintain Suarez will be ready even though he faces between three to six weeks to recover.

Gerrard said: "From a really, really selfish point of view it would help England against Uruguay if he wasn't available, of course it would.

"But knowing Luis as a mate and a friend and a teammate with Liverpool, I know that [missing the World Cup] would absolutely kill him. I wouldn't wish an injury on any of my fellow professionals.

"We'll have to wait and see. I know he's a fighter and he'll do everything he can to be fit. If he's not available it's a shame for him personally.

"If he's not available it can only be a help for England. I know him personally and I wish him well. I just hope he's fit as soon as possible, certainly for when we go back with Liverpool.

"The final group game and then Liverpool would be fine. From a selfish point of view he'll understand that."

Suarez is remaining positive and last night tweeted: "My dream remains intact. I will be there."

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