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Uruguay's Luis Suarez has knee surgery; star striker expected to be ready for World Cup

  • FILE - This is a Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 file photo of Uruguay's Luis Suarez, as he reacts after falling during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has undergone keyhole surgery on his knee and is expected to recover in time for the World Cup. The mother of the 27-year-old Liverpool striker says he had surgery Thursday May 22, 2014 to repair damage to his meniscus. Sandra Diaz tells The Associated Press that the surgery was successful and that he is expected to recover in 2-3 weeks. Uruguay plays its first match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14. The team will then face England on June 19 and Italy on June 24. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

    FILE - This is a Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 file photo of Uruguay's Luis Suarez, as he reacts after falling during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has undergone keyhole surgery on his knee and is expected to recover in time for the World Cup. The mother of the 27-year-old Liverpool striker says he had surgery Thursday May 22, 2014 to repair damage to his meniscus. Sandra Diaz tells The Associated Press that the surgery was successful and that he is expected to recover in 2-3 weeks. Uruguay plays its first match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14. The team will then face England on June 19 and Italy on June 24. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez walks off the pitch at the end of a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador.  Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has undergone keyhole surgery on his knee and is expected to recover in time for the World Cup. The mother of the 27-year-old Liverpool striker says he had surgery Thursday to repair damage to his meniscus. Sandra Diaz tells The Associated Press that the surgery was successful and that he is expected to recover in 2-3 weeks. Uruguay plays its first match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14. The team will then face England on June 19 and Italy on June 24. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, file)

    FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez walks off the pitch at the end of a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has undergone keyhole surgery on his knee and is expected to recover in time for the World Cup. The mother of the 27-year-old Liverpool striker says he had surgery Thursday to repair damage to his meniscus. Sandra Diaz tells The Associated Press that the surgery was successful and that he is expected to recover in 2-3 weeks. Uruguay plays its first match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14. The team will then face England on June 19 and Italy on June 24. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, file)  (The Associated Press)

Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez had knee surgery Thursday but is expected to recover in time for the World Cup.

The Liverpool player's mother told The Associated Press the operation was to repair damaged cartilage.

"The surgery is over and thank God everything went well," Suarez's mother, Sandra Diaz, said. "What Luis had wasn't as serious as we thought."

The surgery was done at Medica Uruguaya hospital in Montevideo, and local media reported it was an arthroscopy.

According to Suarez's sister, the striker is expected to be out two to three weeks. Uruguay plays its World Cup opener against Costa Rica on June 14. The team then faces England on June 19 and Italy on June 24.

"The problem is that these days he won't be able to play, and will only be able to do physiotherapy," Giovanna Suarez said.

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

He began feeling pain during his last Premier League game and it returned during his first day of training with the Uruguayan team Wednesday, his sister said.

"He underwent a magnetic resonance and it came out that he had to undergo surgery. It was that quick," she said.

Suarez trained with teammates Wednesday morning but was not on the field in the afternoon. The Uruguayan soccer association said at the time he had been working out at the gym.

The federation has yet to release information on Suarez's injury, surgery or recovery.