World Cup: Diego Lugano feared Uruguay's Luis Suarez may miss finals
Diego Lugano admits he feared for Luis Suarez's World Cup involvement after seeing him pick up a knee injury.
By Andres Garavaglia
Last Updated: 30/05/14 12:57pm
Uruguay will be looking for Suarez to spearhead their quest for global glory this summer, with it hoped that the prolific Liverpool striker can replicate his domestic form on the international stage.
They were, however, left sweating on the fitness of their talismanic frontman after seeing him break down in training.
Those fears were heightened once it was confirmed that Suarez would require surgery in order to make a full recovery.
He has since gone under the knife, and the success of that operation means he remains in contention to grace this summer's finals in Brazil - much to the relief of Lugano and his national team colleagues.
Former West Bromwich Albion defender Lugano said: "When Luis fell down on Wednesday last week when we were training, I didn't want to think of something bad.
"I looked at him and I nearly kicked him. I said to him, 'Get up, don't make me scared, don't be making jokes'."
Lugano added on conversations that have been held in the wake of Suarez's surgery: "I said to Luis to take care, not to hurry back because he can't take any risks when he is at the limit.
"But he answered, 'You take care, you are also at your physical limit'."