Luis Suarez jogs on pitch for first time since knee surgery

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El jugador de la selección de Uruguay, Luis Suárez, al frente, disputa un balón en un amistoso contra Argentina el 15 de octubre de 2013 en Montevideo, Uruguay.(AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico,File) - SEE FURTHER WORLD CUP CONTENT AT APIMAGES.COM

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By LEONARDO HABERKORN, Associated Press

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay striker Luis Suarez jogged on a football pitch on Friday for the first time since knee surgery two weeks ago.

Suarez did stretching exercises and some light jogging during a Uruguay team training session on the outskirts of Montevideo, said Jose Herrera, one of the team's physical trainers. The Liverpool striker worked out for around 25 minutes, he added.

"All the steps he has taken so far have been positive," Herrera told the AP.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said Friday that Suarez's recovery is progressing as expected.

"So far, so good, and that gives us hope that he will continue improving," said Tabarez. He would not speculate on when Suarez might be able to play.

The top goal-scorer last season in the Premier League did not play in Uruguay's two warm-up matches before the World Cup, both wins against Northern Ireland (1-0) and Slovenia (2-0).

Suarez had surgery on his left knee on May 22 in Montevideo after feeling pain during training with the national team.

Uruguay will travel to Brazil on Monday for the World Cup, and plays its first match on June 14 against Costa Rica. Italy and England are in the same group.

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