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Henderson: Suarez will fight to play

The images of Luis Suarez being carted around in a wheelchair have not fooled Jordan Henderson, who fully expects to be lining up against his Liverpool teammate when England take on Uruguay at the World Cup.

After sweeping the end-of-season awards for his wonderful displays with the Reds, the 27-year-old was widely predicted to light up next month's tournament in Brazil.

However, Suarez had to undergo keyhole surgery last week to repair damage to the meniscus in his left knee, putting his World Cup participation in doubt.

Uruguay's team doctor remain cautiously optimistic about the striker making it and so does Henderson, who sent a text to his Liverpool colleague after hearing about his injury.

"Everybody is obviously disappointed for Luis, the people who know him - maybe not us because he is a big player for Uruguay, " the midfielder said, with a smile.

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"I sent him a text to see if he is doing all right and wished him good luck with whatever he has got to have done.

"But, knowing the type of person he is, he is a fighter and I am sure come maybe the first game or the second game in the World Cup, he will be ready and raring to go."

Uruguay take on Costa Rica in their Group D opener on June 15, before facing England in Sao Paulo four days later.

Suarez's absence would clearly be a boost to Roy Hodgson's men, although there is no way that would lull Henderson into a false sense of security.

"It is not just Luis," the midfielder said.

"Obviously he is outstanding but they've got other good players, they're a very good team so we'll look at different ways and options of how to deal with that and counteract that.

"We'll just focus on what we've got to do but first and foremost is the game against Italy. That's all we've got to focus on." 
- PA Sport.