Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has undergone minor knee surgery and has not been ruled out of the World Cup, the Uruguay Football Association announced today.
The 27-year-old injured the meniscus in his left knee while training with the national side and after an MRI scan it was decided to send the player for a minor operation.
Suarez's arthroscopic surgery lasted about 30 minutes and he is likely to be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks but Uruguay officials remain confident he will be fit for the World Cup.
The South American's first match is against Costa Rica on June 15 before they face England in Sao Paolo on June 19.
"Yesterday, Wednesday 21st of May, Luis Suarez suffered an intense pain in his left knee after an undergoing a normal warm up," said a statement from the Uruguay Football Association (AUF).
"He had an MRI scan which confirmed a partial lesion of the external meniscus of his left knee.
"On Thursday morning, he underwent an arthroscopic partial resection of his meniscus in the Medica Uruguaya hospital (Montevideo).
"There was no evidence of any further damage to the knee.
"His participation to the World Cup in Brazil has not been ruled out."