The footballing globe is rocking in its orbits after news broke that Luis Suarez may miss the World Cup in Brazil after sustaining a knee injury in training with Uruguay.
Norse god Thor himself would have struggled to land a hammer blow of commensurate size on Los Dinosauros, with England looking all the bigger at 3/5 to qualify from the Group D the sides share with fellow former winners Italy as a result of the striker’s misfortunes.
Indeed there’s one particular corner of the land of hope and glory that will have cause to be happier than most if Suarez does miss the Brazilian bonanza, namely Liverpool.
While Kopites are bound to be distraught on his behalf given their famous propensity for familial levels of empathy for one of their own, it’s a turn of events that could be advantageous ahead of the club’s 6/1 rated 2014/15 Premier League title bid.
Suarez could be recuperating instead of further wowing potential suitors in the summer shop window.
Real Madrid, FC Bayern Munchen and Manchester City are among the members of Europe’s historical and financial elite to have been linked with moves for the former Ajax man this term.
A summer in the sick bay would keep the Uruguayan out of the headlines while other players make names for themselves in Brazil, making him easier to keep hold of.
An extra month of rest will see the striker spring from the traps with batteries supercharged come August.
Chelsea’s Brazilians and Arsenal’s Englishmen will have been in training throughout some of May and a good portion of June will have had a curtailed period of recuperation from the physical exertions of a long tiring campaign as a result.
A entirely more well-rested Suarez would be certain to make hay for Liverpool while their title rivals are still trying to blink the sleep of early season lethargy from their peepers.
The pain of missing out on playing in the World Cup can drive the striker to shine even more brightly in the Champions League.
Already possessed of a visible determination that flits from the effervescent to the incandescent and back again, Suarez’s fearsome will to win can only be amplified by the pangs of regret felt at not being able to showcase his abilities for his nation in Brazil.