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Uruguay physio halted cancer treatment to help Luis Suárez recover from injury

Friday, June 20, 2014

Walter Ferreira, the kinesiologist of the Uruguay team, has put his own cancer treatment on hold in order to travel to Brazil to treat Luis Suárez's knee injury.

The 63-year-old has been working overtime ever since Suárez picked up a knee injury and underwent emergency surgery last month.

Ferreira's work is all the more significant because he is battling cancer and even travelled with the Uruguay team around Brazil to make sure Suárez played in the World Cup.

And last night, he was rewarded in the best possible way as Suárez started against England and scored both goals for Uruguay in a 2-1 win.

The Liverpool striker went and hugged Ferreira after scoring the first goal, clearly appreciating the sacrifice the physio has made.

"The truth is that I am grateful," Ferreira told a local radio station. "I am grateful that the coaching staff had the confidence to send Luis to work with me without any project.

"I could not go to the resort and he went to work in my house, that I appreciate so much.

"The energy you put it, the lady and my family, I am a grateful heart and whom I have to really thank the doctors treating me, no I will never forget."

On Suárez and his celebration, Ferreira said: "He deserves everything that happened because he worked a lot. If he had not worked, I would not be here today.

"I will never forget what happened today, I am grateful as I already said. My family always gives me strength."

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