August 31, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been cleared to play hours before a World Cup qualifier against Argentina after recovering from a knee injury ahead of schedule.

Barcelona said Suarez had been cleared by both the Spanish club and Uruguay's team doctors for the game against Argentina later Thursday. Uruguay has another World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Tuesday.

Uruguay is currently third in the South American qualifying group, tied on points with Chile and one point ahead of Argentina. The top four finishers qualify for the 2018 World Cup, while the fifth-placed team enters a playoff.

The 30-year-old Suarez injured his right knee two weeks ago during Barcelona's 2-0 loss at Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Barcelona ruled him out for four weeks, but he has returned in half that time.

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