Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 11:51 22/05/2014
South American nations Uruguay and Chile have both been rocked by injuries to key players ahead of their respective World Cup campaigns.
Reports from various media sources in Uruguay say that their star striker Luis Suarez has injured his knee in training, leaving his participation at Brazil 2014 in doubt. Suarez is reportedly scheduled for surgury today when the full extent of his injury will be revealed and a better estimate of his time on the sidelines can be made.
England fans will have their fingers crossed that the Premier League Player Of The Season and top goal-scorer remains absent for Uruguay when the sides meet in Sao Paulo on June 19th. The Three Lions are expected to have a tough time in Group D with Italy and Uruguay ahead of them in the betting to qualify, but the injury to Suarez could tilt things in Englands favour.
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While one nation's hopes of reaching the Second Round have been boosted, Chile's chances may have diminished completely following the news that Matias Fernandez may miss the World Cup altogether with an ankle injury. Their key man Arturo Vidal is also a major doubt having undergone a recent knee operation and their squad is starting to look rather depleted. Chile already have to beat the odds to get out of Group B which contains the winners and runners-up of the last World Cup, Spain and Netherlands.