Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told the media that he expects forward Luis Suarez to be tired after his travels this week but ready to play for the club in the Merseyside derby in the Premier League’s first game of the weekend.
Suarez has endured a 14,000 mile round-trip to ensure that he is back in time for the game and Rodgers admits that before eh left he sat down with the player to construct a plan which would enable Suarez to play for both club and country, something the Uruguay man wanted to do.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some outstanding players character-wise, very strong ones, but I’d say no-one is stronger than Luis mentally.
“Certainly no-one with the will and that length of desire to actually play football. He’s tough. It’s his love of football – he loves playing and training.
“Of course he will be tired after the travel but he will be ready to play. That was the whole plan when we looked at it.
“He wanted to play when we looked at the Fulham game, the two qualifiers and against Everton. We sat down with a plan, because he was so keen to play.
“There was a lot of organising to ensure he could play, to assure their federation he would be out there at the time stipulated.
“Then the plan was to get him back with as much preparation time as we could.”
Doubts still handing over Daniel Sturridge who is suffering from a dead leg he picked up while on international duty with England as Rodgers looks for his first win over Martinez. The Englishman will undergo a fitness test before the game to determine if he is fit to play.
A dead leg happens when a heavy impact on the quadriceps forces the muscle to be crushed against the bone. This can lead to tearing of the muscle within the sheath which surrounds it. The resulting injury can cause pain, swelling, bruising and occasionally a restriction to the movement of the leg.
Treatment usually involves rest and the application of ice packs while keeping the leg elevated and recovery can take anywhere between a couple of days to a number of weeks to recover depending on the severity of the injury.by