Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez has “high hopes” over Luis Suarez’s availability for the 2019 Copa America.
Suarez hasn’t played a single minute of football since Barcelona’s 4-0 second leg defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals on May 7.
Following the humiliating loss at Anfield, Suarez has since undergone knee surgery and will not feature in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey final against Valencia on Saturday evening.
Therefore, doubts have begun to creep in on whether the forward will be able to recover in time for next month’s Copa America.
But Tabarez is feeling optimistic he will be able to count on Suarez’s services in Brazil.
“I think yes, I hope so, he [Suarez] is working well. I can’t give you details but he keeps us updated through videos and images,” said Tabarez via AOL.
“He’s working on his recovery and I know the meaning Luis gives to these things, I know he’ll give 100 per cent to be fit when the competition starts.
“I don’t want to rush, injuries are always due to circumstances, not to the players’ will, he’s got his mind set on the recovery.
“He’s very professional about it and he has a good record on it, so I have high hopes to have him ready on our team, he’s very important to us.”
Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time record scorer on 55 goals in 106 appearances at international level.
The 15-time Copa America champions have been drawn in Group C for this summer’s tournament in Brazil.
Tabarez’s side will first meet Ecuador on June 16 before later taking on Japan and defending champions Chile.