Uruguay’s Suarez awaits knee surgery


The Uruguayan soccer federation said striker Luis Suarez will have knee surgery on Thursday, and will still be ready to play at the World Cup next month.

Suarez practiced on Wednesday and then underwent an exam after complaining about knee pain.

Uruguay’s head of national team selections, Roberto Pastoriza, told newspaper El Pais “we are optimistic he can play in the World Cup.”

Uruguay plays its first match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14. The two-time champions will also face England and Italy in Group D.