Copa America 2016: Suarez hopeful despite hamstring injury, USA beat Puerto Rico 3-1 in friendly

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Will Uruguay miss the service of their superstar striker Luis Suarez in the upcoming edition of the Copa America too? Suarez missed the last year’s tournament due to suspension and the Barcelona star left the Copa Del Ray finals with a thigh injury lasts Sunday.

Suarez was seen in tears while leaving the field leading to fear that he would miss next month’s centenary edition of the Copa America championship. Suarez underwent MRI scan on Monday which revealed a damaged hamstring.

“Now we wait for the tests tomorrow,” Suarez’s Twitter post on Sunday read optimism. “I hope it’s nothing so I can be with my national team next week. Thanks for the support.”

The Barcelona striker is unlikely to feature in Uruguay’s opener against Mexico on June 6 but is expected to be fit before the later stages of the tournament. Oscar Tabarez’s men are also clustered with Venezuela and Jamaica in the group stage.

Jordi Alba and Neymar netted goals in the absence of Suarez as Barca edged past Sevilla 2-0 to clinch the Copa Del Ray trophy.

The Spanish giants confirmed that their superstar striker will join his International team-mates to continue his recovery.

On the other hand, U.S. national team’s coach Jurgen Klinsmann has announced that Brad Guzan will be starting under the bar as the first choice custodian. Guzan started in USA’s 3-1 victory over Puerto Rico on Sunday in an International friendly but was replaced by former No. 1 Tim Howard in the second session. Veteran Guzan has only conceded one goal in the last two World Cup qualifiers, helping the U.S. team to secure wins in both.

“The decision went to him because we believe he will continue to be excellent the way he’s done the last two years for the National Team,” Klinsmann said, according to the U.S. Soccer.

Guzan became the first goalkeeper of Klinsmann’s team after Tim Howard chose to step away from the International team for one year following the 2014 World Cup. He returned later to share the honors with Guzan.

“To be named No. 1, it’s obviously a huge honor,” Guzan said. “But with that comes a lot of responsibility. It comes with putting together solid performances. It comes with helping the guys in front of me and doing everything we can to try to get results to make sure that we’re successful this summer.”

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