Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has injured his knee in training and could be a doubt for the World Cup, according to media reports in the country.
The 27-year-old Liverpool striker will have keyhole surgery on Thursday to repair damage to his meniscus, says Uruguayan broadcaster Tenfield.
Estimates on his recovery range from 15 days to a minimum of three weeks.
Uruguay play England on 19 June in Sao Paulo after their Group D opener against Costa Rica on 14 June.
Always a Blue, often a red
- Luis Suarez was sent off on his international debut in February 2007, after being shown a second yellow card for dissent in a friendly against Colombia.
Suarez finished as the Premier League’s leading scorer this season with 31 goals, despite missing the opening five matches through suspension.
His goals helped Liverpool to rise from a seventh-place finish in 2012-13 to second in 2013-14 and won him both the Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Writers’ Association player of the year awards.
He also finished as top-scorer in the South American section of World Cup qualifying, scoring 11 goals as Uruguay finished fifth in the continent’s nine-team group.
Uruguay subsequently secured their place at the finals in Brazil by beating Jordan 5-0 in a play-off.
Suarez is a proven performer at major tournaments, helping Uruguay to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup and scoring four times as his side won the Copa America the following year.
His partnership with Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is a key part of coach Oscar Tabarez’s plans.