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Henderson expecting to face Suarez in Rio

By Simon Peach

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 team-mate when England take on Uruguay at the World Cup.

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

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

Uruguay's team doctor remains 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 – maybe not us because he is a big player for Uruguay," the midfielder said with a smile.

"I gave him a text to see if he is doing all right and wished him good luck, but, knowing the type of person he is, he is a fighter and I am sure come the first or second game in the World Cup he will be ready and raring to go."

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