Luis Suarez says injured knee 'perfect'

Uruguay's national soccer team player Luis Suarez arrives at a news conference prior a training...

Uruguay's national soccer team player Luis Suarez arrives at a news conference prior a training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal, June 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

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Uruguay striker Luis Suarez pushed his body to the limit in last Thursday’s match against England but said his knee was in “perfect condition” ahead of his side’s must-win World Cup clash against Italy.

In a dazzling display of marksmanship, Suarez scored both goals in the 2-0 defeat of England after he missed Uruguay’s opening defeat to Costa Rica because of knee surgery he underwent just before the tournament.

On Tuesday, Uruguay will again be looking to Suarez and his strike partner Edinson Cavani to provide the goals they need to beat Italy, who only require a draw, and secure a place in the last 16 from Group D.

“I was not really 100% the other day,” he told reporters.

“I was at the limit of my physical capacity. My last game had been at Liverpool in May. So I was cramping and tired. But you build yourself up and come to the next assignment and this is what I’m doing.

“The knee is in perfect condition. If it hadn’t been right I would have told the coach. After surgery, you are always worried but the reaction was spectacular.”

LAMPARD UNDECIDED

England midfielder Frank Lampard has not yet decided if he will retire from international football after his side’s last World Cup group game against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

England crashed out of the tournament in Brazil after losing their first two Group D games, denying the 36-year-old Lampard what could possibly be his last chance to fight for an international trophy with England.

Lampard said Monday he would make a decision after the tournament.

“No, at the moment I have not made a decision on my future,” he told reporters when asked about it. “It’s my third World Cup, it is a big game for us (tomorrow). It may mean nothing in terms of qualification but it does in terms of pride.”

“After that I will make a decision on my future,” said the midfielder.

England coach Roy Hodgson told reporters he had not discussed the issue with the player but wanted the experienced Lampard to stay on.

“Frank is 36 and we don’t know as yet what Frank’s next destination will be,” he said.

FIFA CLEARS MEXICO

Mexican fans have been cleared of charges they chanted anti-gay remarks in their opening World Cup match against Cameroon on June 13 and the Mexico FA will not be punished, FIFA said Monday.

Mexico were reported for the slurs allegedly heard during their Group A clash in Natal.

“The disciplinary committee has decided that the incident in question is not considered insulting in this specific context. All charges against the Mexican FA have been dismissed,” FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA has not yet ruled on other reported cases involving Croatian, Russian and Brazilian fans.

Croatian fans displayed a neo-Nazi banner at the opening match of the tournament against Brazil in Sao Paulo, Russian fans displayed neo-Nazi banners in their first match against South Korea in Cuiaba and Brazil fans were also reported for homophobic chants in the match against Mexico, the second match both teams played.

MULLER’S SCARS

Germany’s Thomas Muller is feeling fine after getting three stitches above his eyebrow from a gash he suffered during his side’s 2-2 World Cup draw against Ghana.

“Thanks for all the wishes for a speedy recovery,” Mueller tweeted Monday.

“Everything is fine with me even though I might look a bit like a boxer now,” he added along with a picture of him smiling with the stitches.

Mueller ended the Group G match in Fortaleza flat on his back with blood gushing from the cut following a clash of heads with Ghana central defender John Boye.

Assistant coach Hansi Flick said on Monday that Muller would be ready for Thursday’s final group match against the United States.


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