Uruguay’s Luis Suarez was the last man on the pitch in a practice session on Wednesday. All eyes of the press and coaches were on Suarez who arguably is the most important single player to any country in this entire tournament.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez thought that his team could escape their opening round group D match against Costa Rica with 3 points with or without the Liverpool striker on the pitch. Turns out he was wrong as Costa Rica, the least likely of all the teams to come out of Group D, absolutely humiliated the former Champions Uruguay, 3-1.

So in what is now a must-win match on Thursday against England, both Tabarez, and all of Uruguay’s hopes rest on the left leg of Luis Suarez.

“He has recovered very well. His knee seems to have adapted to the training. He’s been training and playing with his teammates during the last week. Obviously, a training sessions is not the same as a game.” Tabarez told the media in a pre-game press conference.

Suarez is considered one of the top five players in the world, and was the second best player in the English Premier League with 31 goals in 33 appearances. Suarez pronounced himself fit to play against England following serious surgery on his left knee less than a month ago.

Equally as important to Uruguay is their Captain and center back, Diego Lugano, who like Suarez played in England last season. According to the official Uruguay federation, Lugano has been ruled out of the match due to a knee injury