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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Luis Suarez physio Walter Ferreira halted cancer treatment to get striker ready for World Cup 2014

Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Group D match the Estadio do Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Group D match the Estadio do Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring his team's first goal with physiotherapist Walter Ferreira during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring his team's first goal with physiotherapist Walter Ferreira
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Uruguay fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Uruguay fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The man behind Luis Suarez's incredible recovery from injury, Walter Ferreira, suspended his own cancer treatment in order to see his patient score twice in Uruguay's World Cup win over England.

Ferreira, who has been working one-on-one with Suarez following the Liverpool striker's knee surgery, put his own treatment on hold in order to travel to Brazil to get him ready for the World Cup.

On Thursday night he was rewarded in the best possible way when just four weeks after Suarez underwent knee surgery he started against England and scored both goals for Uruguay in a 2-1 win.

Suarez immediately went to Ferreira after the match to celebrate, clearly appreciating the sacrifice the physio has made for the benefit of the national team.

Ferreira has been equally impressed with Suarez's work ethic in his bid to return to fitness.

"He deserves it, he worked hard to be here today. I couldn’t go to the (training) resort, so he would come to my house. He gave it all, his wife, his family, I’m truly grateful," said Ferreira.

Ferreira's work has not gone unnoticed in Uruguay and today he is being hailed as highly as the striker who all-but ended England's World Cup dream.

On the adulation he is receiving, Ferreira said: "I have no words, life has some ups and downs but you have to keep fighting. I’m very grateful. I’m going to keep fighting.”

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Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring his team's first goal with physiotherapist Walter Ferreira during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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