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Suarez 'set for knee surgery'

Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez will undergo knee surgery on Thursday, according to media reports in Uruguay.

The 27-year-old won the PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards after a superb season with Liverpool, but Uruguayan TV station Tenfield have reported that he injured his knee in training on Wednesday.

The Uruguyan Football Association is said to be optimisic that Suarez will be fit for the World Cup, with his team kicking off their campaign against Costa Rica on June 14 before facing England five days later.

There has so far been no official confirmation from the Uruguay FA, but a statement is expected later on Thursday.

The former Ajax forward returned to Uruguay on Tuesday to train with the national team, whom he helped reach the World Cup semi-finals in 2010.

Suarez has won 77 caps for his country and forms a key part of an impressive array of attacking talent in the squad, alongside Paris St Germain striker Edison Cavani and veteran Diego Forlan.

It is understood Liverpool's medical team are trying to ascertain the full extent of Suarez's injury.