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Suarez Back in Full Training Ahead of Uruguay's Opener vs. Costa Rica

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Uruguay get their World Cup campaign underway against Costa Rica tomorrow, and manager Oscar Tabarez has welcomed Luis Suarez back to training and underlined his hopes that the striker will be able to feature.

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Depending on your leanings, the rapid recovery of Luis Suarez is either a joy to behold or a disaster waiting to happen. The best player in one of the most fiercely patriotic national sides needs to be playing in the World Cup, but Liverpool supporters would also argue that he needs to not be broken when he returns for duty--suspend your Real Madrid transfer hand-wringing here, please--in July.

So there's a mixture of excitement and concern as Suarez makes his return to Uruguay training before they face Costa Rica on Saturday, especially when Oscar Tabarez reveals his (very understandable) desire to include the player as much as possible:

"If it was down to me then Suarez would play. His path from the under 20 side to now has been incredible, but first we just think about him as a person rather than a footballer and protect him. Then we can go step-by-step and we are getting closer to the dream that he will be with us."

The ideal scenario is that Suarez makes/has made a rapid and full recovery, and that he's able to both participate for Uruguay and return to Liverpool at full strength for an abbreviated pre-season. Knowing what we know of Suarez, though, it's likely he'll talk his way into as many minutes as possible in hopes of helping Uruguay advance.