Kenny won't rush Suarez back

28 July 2011 03:43
iverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is hopeful striker Luis Suarez will be ready for the start of the season but he will not rush the striker back.[LNB] The 24-year-old is only a couple of days into a break having played a key role in Uruguay's Copa America victory over Paraguay on Sunday.[LNB]Dalglish has told the livewire forward, voted most valuable player at the South American tournament, he is not expected back at Melwood for a fortnight.[LNB]That would leave only a few days before the new Premier League season kicks off.[LNB]The Reds boss hopes Suarez will be "ready to compete" when he returns but will make a decision on whether the £22.8million January signing can feature at home to Sunderland on August 13 once he is back on Merseyside.[LNB]"It was fantastic what he achieved in the Copa America," said Dalglish.[LNB]"His performances were top-drawer and as well as individual accolades Uruguay won the tournament.[LNB]"He continued in the way he left us. He's made a fantastic contribution since he came in in January and I'm sure he'll be looking forward to the start of the season, especially after winning the Copa America.[LNB]"We're looking forward to getting him back. He'll have a good break now and hopefully we'll get him back in a couple of weeks, see how he is then and take it from there.[LNB]"We won't rush him. It's important players get the rest.[LNB]"It's important that he's ready to compete when he comes back. "Because he's been playing deep into July he's only getting a couple of weeks off but I'm sure it won't take much to get him fit or sharp.[LNB]"But we'll see how he is when he comes back and let him enjoy his holiday."[LNB]Suarez had the benefit of a long spell on the sidelines around the turn of the year when he served a seven-match suspension in Holland for biting an opponent while still playing for Ajax.[LNB]That may work in his favour when it comes to recovering quickly from his Copa America exertions.[LNB]One South American who should be available for the season opener is Lucas Leiva, who is due back in training next week after Brazil's earlier-than-expected exit from the tournament at the quarter-final stage.[LNB]Last season's player of the year will find added competition for places on his return to Melwood, with the club having signed midfielders Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam.[LNB]Dalglish will look to get the 24-year-old back up to speed as quickly as possible.[LNB]"Lucas will be in next week and we'll see how he shapes up," the manager told liverpoolfc.tv.[LNB]"Obviously his tournament didn't go as well as Luis's did but he was fantastic for us last season.[LNB]"We're looking forward to getting him back as well and he should be well rested."

Source: Team_Talk