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Uruguay coach: Suarez still doubtful for opener

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FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is still unsure whether Luis Suarez will play in its World Cup opener against Costa Rica on Saturday, despite the striker joining in regular training for the first time since a knee operation.

The South Americans would start with forwards Edinson Cavani and veteran Diego Forlan, he said, if Suarez hadn’t fully recovered.

“We are increasing (Suarez’s) pace of recovery and up until now there have been no glitches,” the coach said Friday.

“We still have one day to go. We don’t want to jump the gun. We have prepared not to have him, but it would be wonderful to have him. We have to be very careful.”

The 2010 semifinalists start their Group D campaign in Fortaleza before taking on England and Italy.

Tabarez said Suarez, who had arthroscopic surgery on his knee on May 22, had rejoined full training a day earlier, after practicing on the sidelines since arriving at their training base near Belo Horizonte.