Luis Suarez underwent surgery on the meniscus in his left knee on May 22, but is determined to start against England after he missed Uruguay’s surprise 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday.
He told Uruguayan publication Ovación Digital: “I was looking forward to getting involved and I wanted to help [against Costa Rica] but maybe it was better I didn’t because fate could have played a trick on me and set me back again,” Suárez said.
“But I’ve done everything I had to do. I haven’t missed a day of recovery time and I’m 100% fit, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. I’m training with the team again and I feel in good condition. I never lost the joy and the desire and I never thought I was going to lose out on playing in the World Cup because of injury.
“I know all the players in the England team, either as team-mates at Liverpool or as rivals at other clubs in the Premier League. They have defensive weaknesses that we can exploit but I’m not going to tell the media how we will do so. We have to play our own way, with our own style, if we are going to progress. But trust in us. No one wants us to go forward in the tournament more than we do as a team.”
Suarez will be looking to knock out Roy Hodgson‘s England team out of the World Cup. The England boss recently claimed Suarez is not world class and he needs to prove himself in Brazil. England also lost its opening Group D match, 2-1 against Italy last Saturday.
Hodgson said: “I think he will only be at that level when he shows it on this particular stage.
“If you are saying, ‘Do I think he has got the potential? Is he a wonderful footballer?’ Yes, he sure is.
“But if you are really going to put him up there with Maradona, Pele, Beckenbauer and Cryuff, then you might even argue that Messi needs to have that sort of tournament to get up there with the legends of football.
“Andrea Pirlo was challenging that category. He has done it time and time again, shown what a wonderful footballer he is because this is the stage you have got to do it on really.
“Being a great player in your league will get you lots of plaudits, but for the world to recognise you are one of the all-time greats you have got to do it at the World Cup.”
The game in Sao Paulo will decide the destiny for both the teams. Suarez will be hoping to perform well against his Anfield teammates. Luis Suarez has been in brilliant form for Liverpool last season, scoring 31 goals, winning the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year,Barclays Premier League Player of the Year, Barclays Premier League Golden boot Winner and European Golden Boot award.