Suarez plays down back concerns

14 November 2011 03:16

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has declared himself fit to face Italy in Uruguay's friendly on Tuesday but admits he already has one eye on the weekend clash with Chelsea.

The 24-year-old scored all the goals in Friday's 4-0 2014 World Cup qualifying victory over Chile in Montevideo but came off 13 minutes from the end with a minor back complaint.

Suarez is confident he is ready for a second match in four days - with a transatlantic flight in between - but has suggested it may be more important for him not to risk aggravating the problem. He told Uruguayan newspaper El Pais: "I was a little scared by the pain I had in the game but treatment I had was just a precaution and it does not hurt."

He added: "There will be no problem but the decision is going to be the coach (Oscar Tabarez).

"I risk a lot to Liverpool. I have a very important game next weekend against Chelsea.

"I love to play every game for the national team but now they are several tough matches in the club and you have to give a little priority."

Liverpool have paid close attention to Suarez's fitness since the start of the season as he had a major role in Uruguay's Copa America triumph in the summer.

The Reds have a difficult spell coming up in the next few weeks and Suarez, as he has been all campaign, will be key to his team's success.

After travelling to Stamford Bridge on Sunday Liverpool host Manchester City the following week before heading back to Chelsea for a Carling Cup quarter-final two days later.

Source: PA