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Steven Gerrard not concerned by Suarez's injury battle

By Simon Peach

Steven Gerrard does not know whether Luis Suarez will be available for the World Cup and nor does he care, with the England captain confident of beating Uruguay with or without his Liverpool team-mate leading the line.

The images of the 27-year-old being carted around in a wheelchair after undergoing keyhole surgery on his knee last week have inevitably led to questions over his participation in Brazil.

Uruguay's team doctor remains cautiously optimistic about Suarez making the tournament, while Liverpool team-mates Jordan Henderson and Glen Johnson have done some investigative work as to the severity of the injury.

Both players have texted the striker to see whether he will be fit for the Group D clash on June 19, although Gerrard has no such concerns.

"I don't know whether he is going to be available," the England captain said.

"I think the only people that know whether he is going to be available in Brazil is Luis himself and the physio and doctors in their team.

"For me, it is not very important, it is something we can't control and is not my main focus. My main focus is to make sure all the England players are fit and available to play.

"Going into that game we're very confident that we can get the right result whether Luis is available or not."

England take on Uruguay in their second Group D match in Sao Paulo, five days after kicking-off their campaign against Italy in Manaus.

The Three Lions have three friendly matches in preparation for the tournament, taking on Ecuador and Honduras in Miami after their only match on home soil against Peru this evening.

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