Luis Suarez has no doubt whatsoever that he will feature for Uruguay in the World Cup Finals, and claims he is feeling psychologically spectacular.
Over the course of the last Premier League season the 27-year-old established himself as a player of genuine world class talent, with his performances playing a key role in Liverpool’s unexpected second-place finish. Not only did Suarez score 31 times during the campaign, he also assisted in 21 more on his way to being named double Player of the Year.
So when the forward suffered a knee injury towards the end of last month, you could perhaps forgive England fans for being reluctant in wishing him a speedy recovery. Roy Hodgson’s side will come face-to-face with the former Ajax forward in the second of their group matches, sandwiched between the games with Italy and Costa Rica.
However, if the Three Lions thought the absence of Suarez was a given, they had better think again. The Liverpool star is making fine progress in his bid to be fit for the Finals, and he says there is no chance of him missing out. In fact, he claims to be in such high spirits that he has described his current psychological condition as spectacular.
“Emotionally, I’ve felt fine,” Suarez said in the Guardian. “Psychologically, I’ve been spectacular. At no time have I felt sad because at no point did I think there was a chance of me missing the World Cup. The thought never went through my mind. I could have really cried [in pain] because of this injury but I didn’t because I knew.”
Despite Suarez’s positive frame of mind, it is still far from certain that he will play in Uruguay’s opening Group D match against Costa Rica on Saturday evening. The clash against England comes the following Thursday (19 June) which he will naturally be determined to make, before the final fixture against the Italians on Tuesday 24 June.