LUIS SUAREZ’S chances of being passed fit for Sunday’s showdown with Chelsea have increased after the striker was rested by Uruguay.
The 24-year-old had declared himself fit for last night’s friendly against Italy but national team manager Oscar Washington Tabarez decided to leave the Reds’ man out.
Suarez scored all four goals in his country’s 4-0 win over Chile on Friday in a World Cup qualifier but was substituted on 76 minutes after complaining of a back problem.
And Tabarez has ruled that playing Suarez last night was too much of a risk for the forward and Kenny Dalglish’s side with a trip to Stamford Bridge looming.
The news that Suarez’s back problem is on the mend and Tabarez has given him additional time to recover will come as a relief to those at Melwood with Liverpool starting a run of difficult fixtures.
This weekend’s trip to Chelsea is followed by the visit of Manchester City and then a second visit to west London in the Carling Cup, so the fitness of Suarez will be vital to Dalglish’s plans.
“Suarez took a knock against Chile and is not in the best shape,” said Tabarez.
“He is getting better, but for the player, and for his club, it would make no sense to risk an injury, that is the way we see things.”
Jamie Carragher, meanwhile, has put himself in the reckoning for Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea.
The 33-year-old centre half has missed the Reds’ last two matches with a minor calf problem but returned to training this week and will be available for selection, barring any last minute set-backs.
Carragher picked up the knock at Stoke City last month in the Carling Cup and was forced off at half-time in the 2-1 win but should be back in the first team fold for this weekend.
“Jamie has joined in training over the last couple of days and looked good,” said first-team coach, Steve Clarke.
“We just made sure he took his time, and he’s trained well these past couple of days.
“He’ll be in contention for the weekend if there are no mishaps.”