Luis Suarez Says Knee 'Perfect' Before Crunch Italy Match

Updated: 24 June 2014 16:16 IST

Luis Suarez had surgery before the tournament and was sidelined for Uruguay's opening loss to Costa Rica. He returned to score both goals in a 2-1 win over England.

Luis Suarez Says Knee 'Perfect' Before Crunch Italy Match
Luis Suarez says he's "building myself back up" for the match against Italy in the coastal city of Natal, where conditions are expected to be hot and humid. © AFP

Natal, Brazil:

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez says his surgically repaired left knee feels "perfect" before facing Italy in a match that Uruguay must win to advance beyond the group stage at the World Cup.

The Liverpool player had surgery before the tournament and was sidelined for Uruguay's opening loss to Costa Rica. He returned to score both goals in a 2-1 win over England.

Suarez says he's "building myself back up" for the match against Italy in the coastal city of Natal, where conditions are expected to be hot and humid.

Asked if he has felt any pain since the previous match, Suarez says "I'm cool right now."

Uruguay, the 2010 semifinalists, must win to advance out of Group D. Italy can advance with a draw.

Topics : Italy Uruguay FIFA World Cup 2014 Luis Suarez Football
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