Luis Suarez is not being ruled out of Copa America Centenario despite suffering a hamstring injury in Barcelona's Copa del Rey win on Sunday. The Uruguay striker underwent a scan on the muscle and his club have decided that he will stay with them through the month of May before joining up with his country on June 1 ahead of Copa America.
There was real concern that Suarez would miss Copa America after he was hurt on Sunday. He had to come out of the match and his injury appeared very serious. That Barcelona haven't ruled out his participation in Copa America is good news.
It's unclear just how long his rehab will be and when Suarez might be available to play. If he is beginning the second phase of his rehab on June 1, it's tough to imagine him being ready for Uruguay's Copa America opener on June 5 against Mexico. He might even miss the entire group stage and be targeting a quarterfinal return.
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If Suarez does miss matches, Uruguay will likely turn to Edinson Cavani up top. They have also used Cristhian Stuani, Abel Hernandez and Diego Rolan in past matches so they are options as well, but Cavani is by far their best option. He may not be as good as Suarez - and this year, nobody in the world is - but he's as good as any other striker at Copa America and Uruguay should be fine with him up top, at least in the group stage.
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