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Suarez ‘fit to play’ for Uruguay despite injury concerns

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The midfielder has an issue with his knee

Brazil v Uruguay - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has said that Luis Suarez is fit to play in his nation’s final World Cup qualifying fixture against Bolivia.

The Barcelona star has been struggling with a knee injury although Tabarez has previously played down reports he requires surgery.

Suarez reportedly has a cyst on his knee, but Tabarez says he is ready to feature and has backed him to return to form after a poor spell.

"We keep insisting with him because he's a player that appears from time to time," he said.

"How many times during the last qualifiers we thought about substituting him and suddenly he scored goals.

"He has a potential that amazes us during his performances. He's fit to play and the rest of it we can reduce to a spell.

“Football players have spells, football teams have spells, and luckily they always end."

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Tabarez also said that if Suarez did need surgery it would have been done already.

"If it was big enough as to be making sacrifices, they would have put him through surgery already," he said.

"He's in a period where he made an amazing recovery but beyond that he didn't play.

"And a player who comes here to face Argentina [in late August] and hasn't played in three or four weeks, he has to make a sacrifice to make up for that lack of physical preparation.

"From that point of view, Luis already showed a lot of tests and that's why we never discard him. He's the first one not giving up on himself, he's stubborn in a very positive way."

Uruguay go into the game with Bolivia in second place in the table, with the top four teams qualifying automatically and fifth place facing a play off with New Zealand.