Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez has expressed optimism that star forward Luis Suarez will be fit to feature for the Copa America in Brazil.
The Barca star who scored 25 goals in all competitions this season, will miss Copa del Rey final against Valencia on Saturday after undergoing knee surgery.
Suarez is doubtful he will be available for next month’s Copa America when Uruguay open their campaign against Ecuador on June 16.
However, Tabarez has “high hopes” that the veteran forward can return in time to help Uruguay compete through the tournament.
“I think yes, I hope so, he’s working well,” Tabarez told reporters when asked if Suarez will be fit for the tournament. “I can’t give you details but he keeps us updated through videos and images.
“He’s working on his recovery and I know the meaning Luis gives to these things, I know he’ll give 100 per cent to be fit when the competition starts.
“I don’t want to rush, injuries are always due to circumstances, not to the players’ will, he’s got his mind set on the recovery.
“He’s very professional about it and he has a good record on it, so I have high hopes to have him ready on our team, he’s very important to us.