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Uruguay's Luis Suarez recovering from knee surgery

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Uruguay's soccer player Luis Suarez, center, leaves a clinic in a wheelchair in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, May 22, 2014. Suarez had surgery on his left knee Thursday but is expected to recover in time for the World Cup, where as one of the world's top players he is to be his team's main threat. (AP Photo/Alberto Tao)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Uruguay star striker Luiz Suarez is recovering well from knee surgery, and the national team doctor refuses to rule him out for the World Cup.

Suarez, one of the world's best players, is believed to have been injured in Liverpool's last league game of the season. He had surgery Thursday.

While team doctor Alberto Pan says Suarez is ''not feeling any pain,'' he cannot give assurances that Suarez will be fit to play. Pan adds it is ''premature'' to say when he can return to training.

The tournament in Brazil begins June 12. Uruguay plays its World Cup opener against Costa Rica on June 14, then faces England on June 19 and Italy on June 24.

Suarez scored and Premier League-leading 31 goals for Liverpool and was voted player of the year in England by the players' association.

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