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May 31, 2014

Suarez included in Uruguay WC squad

The ESPN FC team give their take on Uruguay's chances in the World Cup without Luis Suarez.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been named in Uruguay's final 23-man squad for the World Cup as his recovery from a recent knee operation continues.

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Suarez, 27, underwent keyhole surgery on May 22 after damaging the meniscus in his left knee and his participation in the upcoming finals in Brazil was immediately thrown into doubt.

However, Uruguay remain cautiously optimistic that the forward will be able to play a part at the World Cup and on Saturday the 27-year-old was confirmed in coach Oscar Tabarez's squad for the finals.

It remains to be seen exactly when Suarez will be able to return to action, with Uruguay kicking off their campaign against Costa Rica in just over two weeks. England and Italy are the other two teams in Group D.

The two players who have been cut from Tabarez's 25-man provisional squad are Palmeiras midfielder Sebastian Eguren and Lanus defender Alejandro Silva.

Complete squad:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad)

Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica), Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion), Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez (both Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool), Martin Caceres (Juventus), Jorge Fucile (Porto)

Midfielders: Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio), Alvaro Pereira (Sao Paulo), Walter Gargano (Parma), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Morelia), Diego Perez (Bologna), Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo)

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Edinson Cavani (Paris St Germain), Abel Hernandez (Palermo), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka), Christian Stuani (Espanyol)

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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