World Cup 2014: Suarez ready to return against England

Reuters| Last Updated: Jun 17, 2014, 09:39 AM IST

Belo Horizonte (Brazil): Uruguay striker Luis Suarez said Monday he is fully fit and ready to play against England in their FIFA World Cup Group D clash on Thursday.

Suarez missed Uruguay`s 1-3 loss to Costa Rica Saturday as he continued his recovery from keyhole surgery on his left knee, reports Xinhua.

But the 27-year-old trained freely with La Celeste`s squad Monday and guaranteed he would be involved at Sao Paulo`s Itaquerao stadium Thursday.

"At no moment did I think I would lose the chance of playing in the World Cup. I`ve never thought that during my recovery. Now I am 100 percent," the Liverpool striker said.

Despite the encouraging news, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez did not say if Suarez would start against Roy Hodgson`s team.

"It is a possibility, I can say no more," Tabarez said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, Suarez`s Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge expressed his wish for the Uruguayan to play Thursday.

"I hope he`s fit," Sturridge said from the team`s training base in Rio de Janeiro.

"We look to face the best Uruguay team to show what we can do. I don`t think there are any fears or anxieties. We are just excited.

"It`s not just about Suarez, we can`t have an obsession with him. (It is the) same for them against us. It`s a team game, not about individuals. It`s a game of football. He`s trying to help his country and I am mine. I wish him well.

Sturridge said he had not been in contact with his club teammate since the tournament began.

"I`m not really on texting terms with Luis at the moment. He hasn`t asked me for any clues and I haven`t asked him. Whether they have Luis or not, we`ll play the same."