Uruguayan talisman Luis Suarez looks set to miss the 2014 World Cup after picking up an injury while training with the national team.
The knee injury, which will require surgery on the meniscus on his knee, typically takes between four to six weeks to heal properly. Conditioning then needs to be applied to the player to ensure they are match fit and the injury does not flair up again. On a positive note for the Liverpool striker though, it is not yet known if a complete tear to the meniscus took place, meaning the recovery time may be shortened somewhat.
The news comes as a massive blow to both the player and the team. Drawn in a tough group with Italy, England and Costa Rica, Uruguay would have felt confident of progressing to the knockout stages. Without their best player however, that now seems less likely.
While players like Edison Cavani and the evergreen Diego Forlan will lead the attack with intent, the absence of the joint European top scorer this year is a big blow.
Suarez is coming off his best ever season in a Liverpool jersey this year, having scored thirty-one goals and almost inspiring his team to a first league title in over twenty years. Uruguay made the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2010.