Updated: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 02:39 | By Agence France-Presse

Henderson expects Suarez to recover for World Cup

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez will be fit in time to face England at the World Cup, according to his Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson.


Henderson expects Suarez to recover for World Cup

Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on April 27, 2014 - by Andrew Yates

Suarez, 27, had to undergo keyhole surgery last Thursday to repair damage to the meniscus in his left knee, putting his World Cup participation in doubt.

Uruguay's team doctor remains cautiously optimistic about the striker recovering to feature in the tournament in Brazil, and so does Henderson, who sent a text to his Anfield colleague after hearing about his injury.

"Everybody is obviously disappointed for Luis, the people that know him - maybe not us because he is a big player for Uruguay," Henderson said on Tuesday.

"I gave him a text to see if he is doing all right and wished him good luck with whatever he has got to have done.

"But, knowing the type of person he is, he is a fighter and I am sure come maybe the first game or the second game in the World Cup he will be ready and raring to go."

Uruguay take on Costa Rica in their Group D opener on June 15, before facing England in Sao Paulo four days later.

Suarez's absence would clearly be a boost to Roy Hodgson's men, although there is no way that would lull Henderson into a false sense of security.

"It is not just Luis," Henderson said. "Obviously he is outstanding but they've got other good players, they're a very good team so we'll look at different ways and options of how to deal with that and counteract that.

"We'll just focus on what we've got to do but first and foremost is the game against Italy. That's all we've got to focus on."

Henderson is being tipped by many to start England's opening match in Manaus, playing in central midfield alongside Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard.

The pair have built up an impressive relationship this season and hope to extend that to the national team in the upcoming pre-tournament friendlies against Peru, Ecuador and Honduras.

"Obviously me and Stevie have played together throughout the season and it has worked really well at times," Henderson added.

"But when you come with England it is different, we play tactics, different formations so it is a little bit different, but it is up to the manager to decide whatever side he wants to put out and hopefully I will be part of it."

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