Uruguay striker Luis Suarez fit to face Argentina after quick injury recovery
Luis Suarez has returned from injury more than two weeks ahead of schedule and is available for Uruguay's crucial World Cup qualifier against Argentina on Thursday.
The Barcelona forward injured his knee in the Spanish Super Cup second leg defeat to Real Madrid earlier this month and was ruled out for four to five weeks.
At the time, Uruguay released a statement confirming that meant he would miss the qualifiers against Argentina and Paraguay.
However, Suarez returned to Barcelona training last week and has subsequently been cleared fit to return to action.
"Suarez has been given the all clear on Thursday as he completes his recovery from the injury to his right knee," Barca said in a statement.
"The club's medical services and he Uruguayan Football Association worked together to help the striker get match fit again."
Suarez will therefore be available for both his country's qualifiers over the next week, and will then return to Barcelona for the Catalan derby against Espanyol at the Camp Nou on Sept. 9.
Uruguay begin the game against Argentina at the Centenario in Montevideo third in the CONMEBOL qualification group with 23 points from their 14 games.
With four games remaining, Argentina are fifth, one point back from Uruguay and Chile in the race for the final automatic qualifying spot.
Brazil have already secured their place at next summer's World Cup in Russia and the teams that finish second, third and fourth will join them.
The fifth-placed team advances to an intercontinental playoff.
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.